Coliform level decreases in Manila Bay since launch of rehab - DENR

Coliform level decreases in Manila Bay since launch of rehab - DENR

What is the latest regarding the Manila Bay rehabilitation?

The President a few weeks ago revealed that the government cannot totally clean the coliform levels in Manila Bay but can only reduce it, because the two giant concessionaires failed to set up sewerage treatment plants (STPs). ( pls see Manila Water and Maynilad is the cause of Manila Bay's contamination – Duterte  )

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have announced that the coliform levels in the waters of Manila Bay have “drastically decreases” a year after the rehabilitation efforts have been launched dubbed as “Battle for Manila Bay.”

Manila Bay's famous sun set
(photo credit to owner)

As per the data from the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMG), Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that fecal coliform count in one part of the bay, the Padre Faura outfall, is now at 920,000 most probable number per 100 milliliter (mpn/100ml).

The present number is a drastic decrease compared to last year’s record of 7.21 million mpn/100ml.

The Raja Soliman/Remedios drainage outfall,also went down compared to last year prior to the launched of the rehab record of 110 million mpn/100ml.

“Battle for Manila Bay” is a three year program that aims to rehabilitate Manila Bay for the next three years to restore its known glorious days.

A total of P42.95 billion has been allocated for its implementation of the program. Thirteen government agencies are also involved in the rehab plan as tasked by the Supreme Court (SC) through a writ of Mandamus issued last 2008.

“There is reason to celebrate because a year after we launched the ‘Battle for Manila Bay,’ we have recorded significant improvements in the water quality from major drainage outfalls,” Cimatu said in a statement.

The rehab aims to bring down the coliform level to the accepted level of 100 mpn/100 ml.

Before undergoing rehabilitation the coliform level in the bay was recorded to have a coliform level of 330 million mph/100 ml.


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