DENR Chief : Manila Bay rehab completed by Dec.

DENR Chief : Manila Bay rehab completed by Dec.

Who does not want to see the world famous Manila Bay sunset?
The sunset would not be the same if the bay is so dirty to the point it is already very much visible to the naked eye.

The Manila Bay rehabilitation under the Duterte administration started after its successful rehabilitation of Boracay island, which led to its six months closure.

Manila Bay's Sunset
(photo by Manila Bulletin)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) made the assurance to lawmakers that the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program is in full swing, with a probability that the once polluted body of water would be safe for swimming activities by the end of the year.
This was the statement given by Secretary Roy Cimatu during the agency’s presentation of its proposed PHP25.5 billion budget for 2020.
The DENR’s budget for next year is 16 percent higher than the PHP21.959 billion it got for 2019.

For 2020, the Manila Bay Rehanbilitation project would entail the budget of around PHP1.5 billion.
Environment Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna said the Manila Bay rehabilitation is currently in its first phase, which is the cleanup and water quality monitoring.
The DENR official, whom Cimatu said is his “ground commander” in the ongoing battle, said the weekly cleanup mandated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to all barangay is regularly undertaken.
“We are strictly are monitoring the compliance to this directive along with DILG,” Cuna told the lawmakers in the budget hearing.

Different government agencies are coordinating with the DENR in this major endeavor - Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to ensure compliance with sewage treatment facilities by the different establishments so that fecal coliform levels are strictly monitored.
“Since the Battle for Manila Bay was launched last January 27, we have witnessed a lot of improvement in terms of solid waste that we see floating in the bay,” Cuna said.
“We inspect all esteros flowing to Manila Bay. In fact the Secretary assigned particular undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and directors to oversee particular rivers and esteros, and we have been coordinating with the barangays and other agencies to ensure that they are clean and to stop the loading of the pollution primarily,” he added.

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