DENR Sec. Cimatu : No turning back for Manila Bay rehab

DENR Sec. Cimatu : No turning back for Manila Bay rehab

The plan to save Manila Bay has been set to motion and there is no turning back.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu said there’s no turning back for the planned rehabilitation of the historic Manila Bay.
Sec. Cimatu led an estimated 5,000 strong contingent of public and private volunteers, who are committed to help in the rehabilitate Manila Bay to save from further degradation.

 Government officials in full force for the start of the Manila Bay rehab (photo credit to owner)

The DENR Secretary afterwards issued several directives related to the cleaning up Manila Bay while authorities served cease and desist orders (CDO’s), as well as notices of violation (NOVs), to establishments found polluting the bay.
According to Cimatu, the decades-long flow of solid waste and untreated discharges into Manila Bay raised the level of coliform bacteria there to over 330 million most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters. The safe coliform level is 100 MPN per 100 milliliters only.
The rehab intends to lower the coliform level in Manila Bay to such safe level so water in the bay can be fit again for swimming and other forms of contact recreation.
"We launched the biggest battle against environmental abuse upon this jewel of historical heritage," he noted.
Cimatu in declaring the start of the rehabilitation,  he ordered the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to issue CDOs and NOVs to establishments within the agency's jurisdiction if there have environmental violations, including those adversely affecting Manila Bay.
Sec. Cimatu also ordered both DENR and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to further promote cleanliness in the area.
"Manila Bay is not a lost cause -- with the commitment of all, there's no doubt we'll win this battle," he said.

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