Manila Water and Maynilad is the cause of Manila Bay's contamination - Duterte

Manila Water and Maynilad is the cause of Manila Bay's contamination - Duterte

The culprit for a dirty Manila Bay water?

The blame is being pointed to the two water giant concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water for the heavy pollution in Manila Bay.

In his speech during an event with the National Baptist Day event in Pasay CityPresident Rodrigo Roa Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, who chairs the Manila Bay Task Force (MBTF), could never completely clean up the body of water because of the heavy contamination.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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“You must know, Manila Bay can never be improved by Cimatu. All he can do is [to] reduce the contamination,” Duterte said.
“Why? Because there is no water treatment. Until now, all the wastewater is blown every day to the Manila Bay,” he added.
The Chief Executive explains that the two giant water concessionaires failed to provide proper sewerage treatment plants (STPs) which led to the water body reaching its current state.

“That job was supposed to be done by the one who got the contract of water sewerage which is the two companies,” Duterte said.
It was in January of last year, that the president ordered the massive clean up of Manila Bay to protect it to further contamination.

Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 16, he also created the MBTF in February 2019 to expedite the rehabilitation and restoration of the coastal and marine ecosystem of the garbage-littered shoreline

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Report from PNA

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