Bulacan river clean up, yields closure of firms directly polluting the Manila Bay

Bulacan river clean up, yields closure of firms directly polluting the Manila Bay

Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are dead serious in the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay.

Last week they shut down more companies in the province of Bulacan that were found directly polluting Manila Bay and others were warned to clear their respective tanks.

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Central Luzon has already served notices of violation, with cease and desist orders, to 15 companies operating along the river system of the City of Meycauayan and Marilao and Obando towns connected to Manila Bay, Lormelyn Claudio, director of the EMB.

Volunteers help clean a river in the village of Tawiran in Obando town, Bulacan (photo credit to owner)

Claudio explains that the outfalls of most of these companies had been either plugged or covered with concrete to prevent further darining of untreated wastewater into Meycauyan and Marilao rivers.

Leather craft makers and tanneries, smelting plants, restaurants, bakeries, industrial firms, detergent manufacturers and fishponds are the different industries or establishments covered by the order of the EMB.

The crackdown of the local officials is still part of the bigger clean up drive and rehabilitation of the world famous Manila Bay.

EMB started serving closure notices to 13 establishments in Obando and Marilao last week , that were found operating without an environmental clearance certificate.

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