DILG warns other Manila Bay polluters face closure

DILG warns other Manila Bay polluters face closure




Government is lining them one by one, after the restaurants near the bay next are the hotels and malls.
There will be no let up in the cleaning and rehabilitation of Manila Bay, momentum is being maintained since the official launch of the “Battle for Manila Bay so much so that hotels and malls that contribute to the pollution of the bay are the next targets in the ongoing cleanup campaign.

Manila Bay's famous sun set , 5 days after the clean up (photo credit to owner)

“There are hotels and even malls we will order closed due to their water discharge failing [standards] and worsening pollution on Manila Bay,” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said .
The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) last month issued cease-and-desist orders against three popular restaurants along the bay—Aristocrat and Gloria Maris in Manila and The Esplanade (San Miguel by the Bay) in Pasay City.
LLDA last month ordered the shutdown of the restaurant’s water resources and discharge facilities after they were found to be dumping untreated wastewater directly into Manila Bay.
Earlier, the LLDA also issued a second batch of notices of violations to an inn, a seaside restaurant, and establishments under the SM Group of Companies in Pasay City.

LGU’s are also liable

The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG)  Secretary  Eduardo Año  will look into the possible administrative and criminal liabilities of local government those who have issued permits to errant establishments. 
Secretary Eduardo Año issued a memorandum circular issued last January 24, wherein he ordered officials of the 178 cities and municipalities and 5,714 barangays along Manila Bay and its inland tributaries in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon to conduct cleanup drives on the coasts every Saturday.

“We will be measuring the trash hauled away [from the water bodies]… We will do this until the garbage is all gone and until discipline and cleanliness are just a part of life for the communities,” Año said.


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