Iconic Manila Zoo, temporarily closed for sewer line construction

Iconic Manila Zoo, temporarily closed for sewer line construction

Manila Zoo will comply with the findings of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Sec. Cimatu with his recent inspection of the zoo, declared it to be partially contributing to the pollution of Manila Bay through liquid wastes being discharged into the nearest tributary- the Estero de San Antonio Abad.

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It has already announced it will be temporarily closed pending improvements in line with the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

The iconic 60 year old zoo will be shuttered “until further notice,” according to the tarpaulins on its front gates.

The City of Manila has jurisdiction of the facility and the zoo’s administration admits management of the zoo was not that good throughout the years.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, issued the order to give way for the construction of sewer lines for zoo waste. He said it will be closed until the construction is finished.

Initial estimates sees the zoo being closed for four months, all of which for the connection of the zoo to the sewerage system.
Upgrades are needed

The zoo needs all its comfort rooms to be connected to the sewer lines of water concessionaire, Maynilad, the construction of all septic tanks, and — if needed — a sewage treatment plant.

"Sa'n nearest available site na pwede magconnect ng CR (comfort room) then drainage lines, surface rain water will be collected na hindi sasama sakaling gawan ng treatment plant," Rogelio Legaspi, Manila City engineer said.

City Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz added,"Kasi maraming kabataan nagtutungo dyan lakbay aral... Para di maabala, para rin makacomply tayo sa ipinag-utos ng DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) na gawin natin ito."

The possibility of moving the animals to a different site is being studied, since they don’t want them to be stressed during the repairs.

"Rest assured, as much as possible i-try namin ma-minimize ang stress ng hayop na madudulot ng construction. Kung ilalabas mas stressful kasi ang hayop 'pag 'di binibigyan ng pampatulog, sedatives," said Jas Garcia, officer in charge of the city's Public Recreations Bureau.

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