DPWH starts massive desilting,dredging ops for Manila Bay rehab

DPWH starts massive desilting,dredging ops for Manila Bay rehab

Manila Bay’s clean up drive has been upgraded.

The Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) officially started its desilting operations this week, an estimated 225,000 cubic meters of silt will be removed over the approximately 1.5-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay from the Manila Yacht Club breakwater to the United States Embassy in Manila.

Heavy equipments used by the DPWH are composed of amphibious excavators, dumping scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, street sweepers, and vacuum sewer jet cleaners all of which are deployed in strategic places to maximixe the cleaning-up operations.

Dredging operations conducted in Manila Bay (photo credit to owner)

“This event marks the full-blast dredging within this critical section of Manila Bay. Our Bureau of Equipment (BOE), Regional and District Engineering Offices in Metro Manila have deployed a total of 28 equipment, and 50 personnel to operate 16 hours a day, six days a week,” he said during the launching of the activity in Manila.
“Excavation will be the major mechanism for the removal of the accumulated pollutants in Manila Bay. Through our hardworking crew and equipment fleet, we aim to desilt within 150 meters from the shoreline of Manila Bay,” Villar added.
DPWH expects to dredge 600 cubic meters of silt a day.
DPWH-BOE Director Toribio Noel Ilao said implementation of desilting activities will be divided into five sectors, each ranging from 200 to 300-meter long, until the entire 1.5-kilometer is finished. Each sector will be desilted approximately within 90 to 120 days.
DPWH are working with coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), to ensure targets are achieved and can determine adjustments during the desilting operations will regularly monitor Manila Bay using bathymetric or depth measurement survey, water quality test, and ocular inspection.
Other government agencies like the DPWH National Capital Region (NCR), its District Engineering Offices and in coordination with DENR, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and PCG, will aside from dredging activities in Manila Bay will also conduct clean-up and declogging of tributaries and drainage canals in the city.
“We are working harmoniously with the DENR, the MMDA, other mandamus agencies and local government units for a holistic approach in cleaning Manila Bay. These tributaries or esteros and drainage pipes need to be cleaned and unclogged, as trash from these areas will eventually make their way to Manila Bay,” Villar added

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