Supreme Court to convene Manila Bay rehab body

Supreme Court to convene Manila Bay rehab body

Everything is starting to shape up all geared for the gigantic endeavor of cleaning and rehabilitating the world famous Manila bay.
After President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the seven year plan of the Department of Environment and Natural resources
The Supreme Court (SC) will be convening its committee tasked to monitor the implementation of its 2008 order to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
Coastal clean up in Manila Bay after the typhoon (photo credit to owner)

SC spokesman and court administrator Midas Marquez said this is in line with the Duterte administration's Manila Bay rehab. 
“The SC committee on the Manila Bay cleanup will convene in accordance with an earlier resolution to strengthen the resolve to clean up the bay,” Marquez, vice chairman of the committee, said.
The SC is expected to name a new panel head after its former chairman Associate Justice Presbiterio Velasco, Jr. retired from the Judiciary last August 2018.
It was Velasco’s ponencia that the SC writ of mandamus issued in 2008, ordering 13 government agencies led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to clean up Manila Bay.
“The government’s rehabilitation plan is good news because it complements the continuing mandamus issued by the SC in 2008. The Manila Bay cleanup should be a concerted effort by all concerned agencies in the three branches of government,” Marquez  said.
47B budget to rehab
The efforts to revive the Manila Bay will cost the national government around p47 billion, which the administration will reportedly get from road users’ tax upon abolition of the Road Board.
The Manila Bay cleanup will be launched at the Manila Yacht Club on Jan. 27.
The SC included the DENR, other government agencies are tasked to rehabilitate Manila Bay are the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; the Departments of Education, Health, Agriculture, Public Works and Highways, and Budget and Management as well as the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police Maritime Group and Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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