Manila, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Metro Manila Development Authority led the first day of rehabilitating Manila Bay.
Together with these concerned agencies are government and academic institutions, private companies, the police and the army, and also the Manila constituents—amounting into a 5,000 strong parade of cleaners who flocked the polluted shores and waters of the popular tourist spot.
Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the plan to rehabilitate the Manila Bay as proposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He allocated P42.95 billion for the implementation of the project, aiming success for three years.
With an all-out pledge of the institutions and people concerned, the cleaning began with the government shutting down the following establishments: Aristocrat Restaurant, Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant, and The Esplanade San Miguel by the Bay. These establishments had been ordered to cease operations due the damage they had dealt to the waters of Manila Bay.
According to the DENR, the authorities immediately cut off the water sources of these three establishments to prevent them from discharging wastewater, although they can still operate their businesses. The DENR assured that the possibility of closing down the establishments in the next few days.
“This is a battle that will be won not with force or arms but with the firm resolve to bring Manila Bay back to life,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in the first day of the bay’s rehabilitation.
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