Manila Bay waters off Bataan now 'swimmable' - DENR

Manila Bay waters off Bataan now 'swimmable' - DENR

A bit of good news.
The Duterte administration’s efforts to rehabilitate the world famous Manila Bay is slowly being felt.
As per Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, he has received reports that recreational activities like swimming is already possible in some waters off Bataan province which  is among the areas along the Manila Bay.

Families who cannot afford to go out of town, enjoys the waters of Manila Bay (photo credit to owner)

“We’re improving in terms of cleaning up Manila Bay,” he said in the sidelines of the MOU signing between the DENR and integrated property developer SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) Inc. formalizing the company’s participation in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay including the major tributaries leading to it.
The Duterte administration undertook the rehabilitation of Manila Bay after its successful 6 month rehabilitation of another world famous white beach island resort that is Boracay.
Cimatu said Mariveles and Orion were the first municipalities in Bataan to report improvement in quality of water near respective shores.
“That means they were able to reduce level of coliform bacteria in water there,” he said. 
Coliforms are defined as the  bacteria that are present in the digestive tracts of animals, including humans, and are found in their wastes. Presence of coliform bacteria indicates contamination of a body of water and as such has potential to cause disease.

The DENR secretary laments the possibility of traveling to the towns of  Mariveles and Orion to get more information on water quality improvement as reported by the officials of said LGUs. 

DENR said Manila Bay as of last test , has over 330 million most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters before the rehab, and the safe coliform level is 100 MPN per only.

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