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Manila Bay Cleanup — a fallacy or an actuality?
AS A MATTER OF FACT - Sara Soliven De Guzman (The Philippine Star) - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am


Time and again, agencies concerned with the deteriorating state of the environment have rallied to find solutions to what is destroying our natural environment and ecosystems, adversely affecting lives, communities and biodiversity. Unfortunately, all these calls have fallen on deaf ears and so the saga of environmental destruction continues in the country and the citizens suffer the consequences.

But then again, we are Filipinos, known for our resilience, perseverance, hopefulness, and the capacity to rise above all forms of adversities. So, we continue the fight. Never mind if all the initiatives to clean-up the esteros, the rivers, the seas, the bays, endlessly fail and could not be sustained due to lack of political will in our leaders. We still carry on.

Take a look at Manila Bay. Cleanup activities spearheaded by different groups in society was only good for a day or two. Then everything is back to zero. Why is that? Are all these activities just meant to be for show to stop the clamor and the endless bickering of the people? Or is it for some sort of vested interest?

Last week, the Manila Yacht Club and the Rotary Club of Manila expressed support on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ‘Save Manila Bay’ project. Manila Yatch Club a historical treasure right by Manila Bay where many expensive yachts are docked is very much affected by the bay’s pollution. The question is, after the clean up, will they be able to sustain the project?

According to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, he will use all the agency’s resources to clean up the bay once and for all. He will coordinate with all government agencies and task all stakeholders to be part of the solution. In a meeting with officials in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, plans were mapped out for the Manila Bay cleanup set to start on January 27, 2019. Members from the private sector (like Manila Water and Maynilad) and government agencies are expected to review the construction of sewerage treatment plants in order to prevent further pollution of the bay; they must make a survey and establish guidelines for buildings/commercial establishments and factories near the bay for the immediate compliance of sewerage treatment plant; come up with educational programs in collaboration with the private sector, academe, DepEd to help train barangay chairmen in Metro Manila for waste segregation; and do coordination work with Commission on Audit for Environmental Management Assessment, DILG, Ombudsman, etc. In doing so, it is hoped that within three years, all dwellers near waterways will be relocated and be given a priority by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for the housing grants.

Some environmentalists believe that this clean up project cannot be accomplished in a year. They say that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay will take 5 to 10 years and a lifetime to do maintenance work just like Singapore in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

As for the cost, well, reports say that the cleanup of Singapore River and Kallang Basin cost $300M, and that was 40 years ago. Some 4,000 squatters were relocated. River banks and the bottom of the river were dredged of foul smelling mud. The scope of the rehabilitation of Manila Bay is ten times more with four provinces and five cities of Metro Manila involved. Manila Bay has an area of 200,000 hectares that is three times the size of Singapore. The coastline is 200 kms. long compared to Singapore’s 3 kms.

Here’s hoping for the best in this endeavor. My only qualm: Why is this only happening now? We’ve had laws to protect the environment since time immemorial. Government in the past and the present has clearly taken all these laws for granted. Sanamagan!

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In his article, “The Imperative of Environmental Protection,” environmentalist and retired PNP Chief Superintendent Patrick Madayag said, “Ecological balance is one of the National Security Interests in the country’s National Security Policy (NSP) of 2017-2022. The rapid economic growth and industrialization are transforming society and improving the lives of many Filipinos but it comes at a great cost to the environment. Protecting and preserving ecological balance is a complex challenge that interacts with many determinants of national security and people’s well-being. The drivers for protecting and preserving the environment are inter-related with issues of poverty, governance, the pressures of rapid economic and population growth and the phenomena of climate change. Ecological balance is a National Security goal with its strategic objective to protect and preserve the country’s ecosystems, biodiversity and genetic resources.”

He cited Article II Section 16 of the Philippine Constitution as a State Policy on environmental protection for a “balanced and healthful ecology.” Several environmental laws have been enacted notably RA 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) of 1992 for biodiversity, RA 8749 or the Clean Air Act of 1999, RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act of 2004, among other significant laws for the protection of public health and the environment.

The list of environmental laws is endless. There is the Solid Waste Management Law (RA 6716 (1989) that would have prevented flooding and save water for the dry season and the Water Code that provides for the easement along water bodies, riverbanks and esteros. It should also be noted that Sec. 389, paragraph 9 puts the responsibility on barangay captains to implement environmental laws.

Madayag added, “The weak or inadequate to the extent that there is no enforcement and compliance to environmental laws and regulations is one of the main reasons on the degradation or the poor quality of the environment.

There are clear violations of even ordinary and simple environmental laws that are poorly enforced. Littering and dumping of garbage, human wastes and effluent into “esteros” or waterways are becoming more rampant and a normal practice which makes the environment unhealthy, dirty and unsightly.”

In conclusion Madayag said, “Amidst the several challenges the country faces on poverty alleviation, the bloody campaign on the war on illegal drugs and the realization of the $160 - 180 billion Build, Build, Build infrastructure program, let us pause and reflect on the song “Masdan mo ang Kapaligiran” on the intergenerational concern and our responsibility on the protection and care of the environment. A sustainable environment is one of our best investments toward the future for the well-being of the next generation of Filipinos.” After all it is our moral responsibility to protect the environment.

Anyway, my alikabok tells me that, a bill will soon be drafted to create the Manila Bay Authority (MBA) to handle rehabilitation and management. Will this be the long-term solution we have all been waiting for? Abangan!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:03 am 
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Reviving Manila Bay

INTROSPECTIVE - Tony Katigbak (The Philippine Star) - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am


I am glad to hear that the government is taking concrete steps to bring Manila Bay back to its former glory – or at the very least, as close to its former glory as possible. We all know Manila Bay has always been a favorite tourist attraction for both Filipinos living in the Philippines as well as tourists visiting from all over the country and around the world who come to enjoy sunsets on the shores.

These days – enjoying time on the banks of Manila Bay is not as it was in the past. Many years ago, lovers and friends could be seen strolling down the boulevard and letting the time pass sitting and enjoying the water and the scenery. This was during the early fifties when the country was still recovering from the ravages of World War II. Manila was devastated by the conflict and was just getting back on its feet at the time, but the simple pleasures of life were slowly coming back after the horrors of war.

I have exceptionally fond memories of Manila Bay and the surrounding areas. My father Paul Katigbak used to take us out every Sunday after work at Reuters (Philippine Bureau) where he was a war correspondent. He would take us to Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard) riding the old reliable Manila Motor Coach (Matorco) from Luneta to Baclaran and Parañaque and then back again. My dad and I used to sit on the second deck of the bus and admire the beautiful sunset and clear shores. We’d watch fishermen pull in their catch and see families out in the streets enjoying their time together.

Those were certainly the golden years of Manila, at least in my estimation. It’s quite sad to see how things have changed so drastically since then. These days people are more focused on looking down at their screens rather than looking up and admiring nature around them. We no longer live in a world where people actually enjoy the moment since they are too busy capturing it for their social media platforms in an attempt to get the likes and the followers.

It’s a pity that the world has changed so much in such a short amount of time and that we’ve allowed so much that really matters to be lost. The Manila Bay has become so polluted it’s hard to remember what it was like years ago. And while people still continue to visit, the once quite popular tourist spot is certainly not like it was during the golden years.

It’s not surprising though that things change. That’s all that’s really constant. However, not everything that changes has to remain that way and it’s never really too late to try to make things right again. This holds true for all things and most especially for the environment. I’m glad that we have finally really started placing importance on things that truly matter like helping reverse all the environmental damage we have caused throughout the years by finally taking even small steps toward making a difference – looking for ways to utilize sustainable energy, trying to go zero waste and lessen plastic use, and conserving resources just to name a few.

I’m also glad to learn that the government is joining hands in an integrated effort to clean up Manila Bay. Because it has gotten to the point that it is now going to take a lot more than just one person or agency to make a difference. It will require local governments to work together to clean all the esteros and rivers that drain into the bay in order to make a real and lasting change.

In order to achieve this big goal, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) offices in Metro Manila and the Calabarzon region as well as provincial offices in Pampanga and Bataan will all be involved in the rehabilitation efforts helping not just clean up the Bay itself, but ensuring it stays clean by ensuring all the drain points are clear as well – not bringing in garbage from the different provincial rivers right back.

I fully support this project. And it’s something that should not be left to the government alone. We all have our part in ensuring this is successful. Unlike the environmental plan in Boracay that took roughly six months (and ongoing) according to Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel Piñol it would take far longer than that to address the problems of Manila Bay. He pegged that this would take roughly seven years or more. But then again, in the end, no time is too long to turn this around.

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nag umpisa naba? :(

wag nyo naman palayasin mga tao dyan sa estero pls :)

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Manila Zoo shut down indefinitely due to untreated sewage
Jose Rodel Clapano, Marc Jayson Cayabyab (The Philippine Star) - January 23, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has ordered the indefinite closure of Manila Zoo after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) identified it as a major pollutant of Manila Bay.

In an interview with The STAR yesterday, Estrada said he directed the city and zoo officials to address the problem.

“Manila Zoo will be closed until further notice. The department of engineering and public works and the department of public services are ordered to submit a program of work for the construction or installation of water treatment facilities or sewerage treatment plants for Manila Zoo and other city facilities,” Estrada said in a Jan. 21 memorandum released yesterday.

He said DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu earlier said that Manila Zoo had been draining untreated sewage into one of the estuaries leading to Manila Bay.

The office of the city administrator, the department of engineering and public works have also recommended the closure of the zoo to allow the proper assessment and study of the problem.

Estrada said he fully supports the national government’s program to rehabilitate Manila Bay like what it did to Boracay.

He directed department of public services chief Lilybelle Borromeo, Task Force Manila Cleanup chief Rafael Borromeo, city engineering chief Rogelio Legaspi, Manila Zoo administrator Jaysyrr Garcia and city administrator Ericson Jojo Alcovendaz to “cooperate with the national government through the DENR.”

President Duterte earlier ordered the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. On Jan. 11, the DENR ordered facilities and establishments around the bay to put up their own sewage treatment plants.

Officials of Manila Zoo, which is run by the city government, earlier admitted the zoo does not have a sewage treatment plant.

Garcia told The STAR the zoo’s closure is targeted to last three to four months.

She said the management did not know the zoo had no sewage treatment plant because the zoo was established in 1959, when a treatment plant had not yet been required.

The zoo’s employees will not lose their jobs because the zoo will only be closed to public but will remain in operation for them to take care of the animals, Garcia said.

The city hall will conduct an inspection today to locate the site for the treatment plant, which was promised funding by Estrada, she added.

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DENR: 'All set for Manila Bay rehabilitation'
Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - January 22, 2019 - 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other concerned agencies are all set for the Manila Bay rehabilitation, which will start on Sunday, an official said yesterday.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said they would begin with the cleanup of esteros and the coastline of Manila Bay.

“While the cleanup is ongoing, we will also be finalizing plans for the relocation of informal settler families in the bay area. We will see who are to be relocated first. We will coordinate with the National Housing Authority on finding decent relocation sites for these informal settlers,” he said.

At the same time, the DENR chief pointed out there is a need for continuing education to change the cultural habit of the people living near esteros of not properly disposing of their waste.

He said people need to realize that their attitude is contributing greatly to Manila Bay’s pollution.

“With education, we can clean up Manila Bay, we can sustain it, and we can preserve the revived Manila Bay,” he said.

At the same time, the DENR announced it will also crack down on all establishments discharging untreated wastewater either directly into the Manila Bay or into esteros and rivers leading to the bay.

Establishments found to be ignoring environmental laws could face closure or fine of up to P200,000 a day.

“We will issue notices of violation to non-compliant establishments or we will shut them down,” Cimatu warned. “Until they comply, they cannot operate.”

Cimatu also underscored the need for these establishments to “consciously practice” the 3Rs –reduce, reuse and recycle – for better solid waste management.

“Segregation at source is a simple practice that, when done habitually, will rid not just Metro Manila but the entire country of solid waste that pollutes land, water and air,” he said.

Cimatu said it is important for government offices, particularly those in the Manila Bay area, to make sure they are connected to sewer lines or have their own sewage treatment plants for proper wastewater disposal.

He appealed to local government units to manage their septage by ensuring that all commercial and residential establishments in their areas are treating their wastewater prior to discharging it.

Fecal coliform level in Manila Bay is at 330 million most probable number per 100 milliliters. The acceptable level for Class SB water, which is deemed safe, is 100 MPN/100 ml.

Cimatu added that the DENR’s goal is to reduce coliform levels to less than 270 MPN/100 ml by December 2019.

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tsk baka maging success to kawawa naman ang Maynila magiging malinis na :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Ultimate Test: Clean up Utak Burak=Utak Nana :D














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up !

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DENR: All systems go for Manila Bay rehab


Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - January 27, 2019 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the start of the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay today, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said yesterday.

The launch of the project dubbed “Battle for Manila Bay” is expected to bring together more than 5,000 participants, mostly personnel from the DENR and 12 other government agencies tasked by the Supreme Court to clean up Manila Bay.

“This is a battle that will be won not with force or arms but with the firm resolve to bring Manila Bay back to life,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in a statement.

The launch will begin with the “Solidarity Walk” at 7 a.m. from the Quirino Grandstand to the Baywalk area in front of the Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate.

Simultaneous cleanup activities will follow along the Baywalk, at the Las Piñas-Parañaque critical habitat and ecotourism area, in the Marine Tree Park in Navotas and in Talaba Dos in Bacoor, Cavite.

In Central Luzon, rehabilitation projects will be launched in the towns of Obando in Bulacan, Mariveles in Bataan and Guagua in Pampanga.

Cimatu said the Manila Bay rehabilitation program would not only involve cleanup activities, but also relocation of illegal settlers as well as apprehension of establishments that violate the Philippine Clean Water Act and other environmental laws.

Cimatu is expected to identify establishments found violating the Clean Water Act.

“We will serve notices of violation to these establishments that discharge untreated water to esteros, rivers and other tributaries that flow into Manila Bay,” Cimatu said.

The DENR aims to reduce the coliform level in Manila Bay and in all estuaries and creeks.

Earlier this month, President Duterte approved the Manila Bay rehabilitation plan proposed by the DENR. He allocated P42.95 billion for the implementation of the project within three years.

Aside from the DENR, other departments tasked in the Manila Bay cleanup are tourism, interior and local government, social welfare and development, trade and industry, defense, and science and technology.

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, National Housing Authority, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor, Manila Water Co. Inc., Maynilad Water Services Inc. as well as various local government units, non-government organizations and other stakeholders will participate in the cleanup.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año directed local government units (LGUs) and barangays around Manila Bay to conduct weekly cleanup activities.

Año signed Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09, directing the 178 LGUs and 5,714 barangays to take part in activities that would contribute to the rehabilitation of the bay.

“Manila Bay is polluted and partly, we have ourselves to blame. But it’s not too late, we can still make amends,” Año said in a statement.

Volunteers, non-government organizations and civic society organizations could also be tapped in the cleanup drive to help support the rehabilitation project.

Barangay officials and their constituents were also urged to participate in today’s launch.

Village leaders were ordered to ensure that all barangay officials and employees would participate in the cleanup activities, including raising public awareness on the project. – With Jun Elias, Romina Cabrera

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources orders the closure of Aristocrat restaurant in Roxas Boulevard for "generating and discharging pollutive wastewater" amid the government's move to rehabilitate Manila Bay.

The Manila Bay rehabilitation program involves cleanup activities, relocation of illegal settlers as well as apprehension of establishments that violate the Philippine Clean Water Act and other environmental laws.

Last January 22, the Manila City government has ordered the temporary closure of Manila Zoo to allow the reconstruction of its sewer lines. The zoo is located near Estero de San Antonio Abad in Malate, Manila, which directly drains into the Manila Bay.

DENR ordered establishments around the bay to put up their own sewage treatment plants last January 11.

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magsisimula na daw ang cleanup :shock:

sana ma failed naman ang digong admin, gaya nang sa bora :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Instead of creating more jobs, pinasasara pa ni Digong ang mga establishments...


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3 establishments ordered to 'cease and desist' for polluting Manila Bay
(philstar.com) - January 27, 2019 - 2:50pm


MANILA, Philippines — Three commercial establishments were slapped with cease and desist orders by the government for "generating and discharging pollutive wastewater" as the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay kicks off.

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Manila Bay rehabilitation plan proposed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He allocated P42.95 billion for the implementation of the project within three years.

Aristocrat Restaurant
Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant
The Esplanade San Miguel by the Bay

According to the DENR, authorities immediately cut off the water sources of the three establishments to prevent them from discharging wastewater, although they can still operate their businesses. There’s a possibility that the establishments will be permanently closed in the next few days, the DENR said.

Meanwhile, officials of the following establishments will be summoned to explain what "remedial measures" they will implement after they were given “notices” for violating the Clean Water Act.

Aliw Inn
SM Corporate Offices
SM Prime Holdings, SM Mall of Asia
Lola Taba & Lolo Pato (Seaside Commercial Spaces)
SM Prime Holdings – SM Ferry Terminal (MOA complex)
SMDC Residences Condominium



“This is a battle that will be won not with force or arms but with the firm resolve to bring Manila Bay back to life,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said in a statement. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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LGUs, barangays told to conduct weekly clean-up drives for Manila Bay rehab

(philstar.com) - January 28, 2019 - 2:19pm


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered local government units and barangays to conduct clean-up drives every week to aid in the rehabilitation of the natural harbor.

Through a memorandum, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año directed 178 LGUs and 5,714 barangays inside the Manila Bay Watershed Area to contribute to the rehabilitation of the polluted bay.

LGUs and barangays are ordered to organize clean-up drives in their localities such as, but not limited to coastal areas and/or inland water systems, weekly beginning January 27—the start of the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay.

“The collective efforts and commitment of the LGUs and barangays within the Manila Bay Watershed Area would spell the difference in the rebirth and preservation of our Manila Bay,” Año said, noting it is not too late to still make amends.

He added that LGUs and barangays can tap the help of volunteers, non-government organizations, among others “to encourage participation from different stakeholders in the conduct of the clean-up drive.”

The rehabilitation of Manila Bay became the government’s “next big target” after the rehabilitation of Boracay.

President Rodrigo Duterte allocated 42.95 billion for the implementation of the Manila Bay rehabilitation project within three years.

The planned rehabilitation of Manila Bay would be in three phases—clean-up and water quality improvement, rehabilitation, and protection and sustainability.

The government gave cease and desist orders to three commercial establishments for “generating and discharging pollutive wastewater” in to Manila Bay.

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