QUEZON CITY - The government is prepared to begin the rehabilitation of Manila Bay on January 27 to bring the historic bay back to its former glory
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the lead agency for the kick-off activity related to the cleanup drive which will also include the unveiling of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Plan.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said this initiative entails a coordinated and integrated effort among concerned stakeholders to clean all water bodies draining into Manila Bay and deal with the sources of pollution.
“All of these efforts for the clean-up are integrated. We plan to clean the Manila Bay including all the esteros and rivers connected—the Pasig River and the Laguna Lake,” Cimatu said.
“This mission is not impossible. This mission calls for dedication and hardwork from all those who will help us in this operation,” Cimatu added.
The DENR will be at the front row to attain the goal of restoring its pristine state although the task will not be an easy feat.
The agency’s regional offices in Metro Manila and the Calabarzon region, as well as its provincial offices in Pampanga and Bataan, will also be involved in the rehabilitation efforts.
He also underscored the need to “clean the water source, so as to put an end to pollution.”
“We need to find out where the outfalls come from individually, because in just one estero we can find lots of outfalls,” Cimatu pointed out.
The DENR will unveil the list of local establishments that violated environmental laws on the first day of Manila Bay rehabilitation.
It has set a goal of reducing the coliform level in all esteros to 100 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters (mL).
Prior to the cleanup, the Manila City government announced that Manila Zoo will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice to give way for proper assessment and study.
The DENR had named the zoo as one of the major pollutants of the bay.