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The Most Historic Site in the Philippines: Manila Bay

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Manila Bay is one of the most historic parts in the Philippine archipelago. Here are some historic and interesting facts about Manila Bay.



Manila Bay is one of the most historic parts in the Philippine archipelago. This beautiful natural harbor serves the Port of Manila. It is considered to be one of the best natural harbors in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s finest harbors.

Here are some historic and interesting facts about Manila Bay.

1.) Manila Bay, with an entrance of 19 km wide, is the Philippine gateway for socio-economic development.

2.) This historic water formation has an area of 1,994 km2 and a coastline of 190 km and with an average depth of 17 m.

3.) It is situated in the western part of Luzon and is bounded by Cavite and Metro Manila on the east, Bulacan and Pampanga on the north, and Bataan on the west and northwest.

4.) Remarkable islands on the include Corregidor, Caballo Island, El Fraile Island and Carabao island.

5.) There are two harbors in Manila Bay – the North and South Harbor. North Harbor, which is smaller, is used four inter-island shipping and the South Harbor is used for large ocean-going vessels

6.) The Manila Bay Sunset is one of the most beautiful sunset views in the world.

7.) Manila Bay is the sanctuary of several Migratory birds such as the Chinese Egret and Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike.

8.) These birds and a large number of migratory birds use the intertidal mudflats, saltpans and fishponds during winter.

9.) There are 99 species of birds that were observed at various monitoring sites along the bay area.

10.) Originally, there are 54,000 hectares of mangroves in the bay. Only 794 hectares of mangroves remain at present due to land reclamation projects.

11.) Shipping ports and ferry terminals in the bay area receive and dispatch an average of 30,000 ships annually.

12.) Several historic battles were fought in Manila Bay such as the “Battle of Manila Bay” which took place on May 1, 1898 during the Spanish-American War. This battle was the first major engagement of the Spanish-American War.

13.) Another historic battle fought in Manila Bay is the ”Battle of Manila in 1570” This battle was fought between the native Filipinos led by Raja Soliman III and the Spaniards led by Martin de Goiti on May 24, 1570. The Filipinos were defeated and Manila was declared the Philippine capital.

14.) The “Battle of Manila” in 1762 was fought during the “Seven Years’ War” from September 24, 1762 to October 6, 1762. The battle was between the Kingdom of Spain and Kingdom of Great Britain. The British forces were victorious and occupied Manila and nearby areas for a while.

15.) The Battle of Manila Bay was a “moro-moro” battle between Spain and the United States in the last quarter of 1898. The battle was jointly planned by Spain and US forces to keep Manila from falling to the Filipinos led by Emilio Aguinaldo.

16.) Another historic battle that occurred in Manila Bay is the “Battle of Manila in 1899”. Te battle was fought during the Philippine-American War on February 4&5, 1899. It was the first and largest battle fought between the Filipinos and the Americans.

17.) The “Battle of Manila in 1945” is also known as the Liberation of Manila. It was fought from February 3 to March 3, 1945 by American, Filipino and Japanese forces. This one month long battle resulted in a terrible bloodbath and the total destruction of the capital city.

18.) During the Battle of Manila in 1946, about 20,000 soldiers and more than 100,000 Filipino civilians were killed.

19.) The Manila Massacre of February 1945 was one of several major war crimes committed by the Imperial Japanese Army, as judged by the postwar military tribunal.

20.) The US Naval Station Sangley Point was a communication and hospital facility in Manila Bay. It was turned over to the Philippine government in 1971 and is now operated by the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force.

21.) The historic Corregidor Island is located at the entrance of Manila Bay. The area is a popular historic tourist destination.

22.) Corregidor was fortified with several coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila City from enemy attacks.

23.) Fort Drum or El Fraile Island is a heavily fortified island fortress located at the entrance of Manila Bay. It is also known as the “concrete battleship”.

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Cleaning Manila Bay is now Duterte’s advocacy

SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - January 10, 2019 - 12:00am


I was taken by surprise that no less than President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to close establishments polluting one of the country’s natural harbors – the Manila Bay. So soon Mr. President? It looks like Pres. Duterte must have read my Tuesday column entitled “The Manila Bay clean up starts now.” Last Tuesday evening, the President ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to begin the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

The Chief Executive stressed that if establishment owners will not heed his order, he will not hesitate to close them.

He said in Tagalog, “Itong mga hotel, yung palabasin ninyo mga tae ng mga turista…lagyan ninyo ng water treatment yang mga hotel ninyo kung hindi sarahan ko yan. Huwag ninyo akong hamunin. Kung wala tayong turista eh di wala. You do something about your waste there or else I will close you,” the President said this speech during the Barangay Summit on Peace and Order in Manila.

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda apparently confirmed that the Duterte administration is allotting P47 billion to fund the Manila Bay clean-up. The budget will also be used to look for relocation sites for affected families living near the bay. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the total budget may amount to P132 billion, adding the road users’ tax for government projects will be utilized to fund the rehabilitation.”That’s only part of the road users tax. Malaki ‘yung road users tax (Road users tax is large),” he told the media in a briefing.

I had a lot of comments on the article we wrote about cleaning Manila Bay starting this year. First came from a good friend, Rick Ramos who texted, “Bobit, I have seen it happen in the past 25-30 years attending meetings with the DENR. Useless! I founded the Environmental Network Center Inc. (ENCI) in 1990. Tony Oposa was with us. Meetings with LGUs by DENR is all for show! I would not even attend these meetings if I were invited. They are not looking at a permanent solution to the problem. Cimatu is wrong to say that Manila Bay can be cleaned up in One Year!” I do not disagree with Rick, but then we are talking about different people in the DENR, plus the fact that under the Duterte administration, they cleaned up Boracay!

Here’s another letter. “Dear Mr. Avila: We encourage your support to the Manila Bay cleanup. Please continue and also raise the following dimensions of the problem; in other words back up to Pasig, Laguna Lake and its waterways in three provinces: 1) Include cleanup of Laguna Lake, where bulk of the coliform pollution from 16 or so waterways come from in Rizal, Laguna and Cavite. Ex Sen. Ilarde has raised this point.

The LLDA has jurisdiction but more concerned with the fishpens and small fishermen. Note that bangus and tilapia from the lake help reduce such coliform (eek!). Trace these waterways upstream and see households without toilets! The UPLB, through its Institute of Biological Sciences and the School of Environmental Science and Management, and a BFAR station in Pililla have all the facts from relevant studies. 2) The Bulacan waterways, and to a lesser degree from Pampanga contribute also coliform but more industrial waste: note heavy metals. DENR knows this and the province has jurisdiction. Arsenio D. Calub Retired Assoc. Prof., UPLB”

Actually there are more letters, but I can only accommodate three and this is the third letter. “Sir Bobit, I read your column today, first DENR must also install Water Quality Analyser in different sites where they feel somebody or companies were throwing untreated water, just like mining companies in their mining sites, where DENR can monitor remotely if that company were throwing untreated water. See attached Online Water Analysers that can do the job I mentioned. DENR can monitor the water quality in their office 24/7 and everything is recorded so walang lusot yong mga companies that continue to dump untreated water.

In fact, may mga sites na ngayon na may remote monitoring stations for water quality sa Vitas, Tondo, Libertad, Pasay, Napindad at PCG Compound but it’s not being used later by DENR-MBCO. Sayang yong investment ng Government dito kung pabayaan lang. All our BOD Analysers were functioning pero walang PM (preventive maintenance) na ginagawa ang DENR-MBCO. Sana, you can call the attention of Sec. Cimatu. Daghang Salamat Sir Bobit, taga Mindanao ko, sa Agusan Sur Regards, Rico Alegre.”

Yes, I submit that many people have already tried cleaning up Manila Bay in the past, but failed terribly simply because first of all, the presidents of the Philippines in those days were not as committed in doing something of such magnitude. My confidence is simply, we have a President who has the political will to do the impossible tasks. So now Manila Bay is DU30’s advocacy!

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Tourism department says it 'fully supports' Duterte order for Manila Bay rehab

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MANILA - The tourism department said Wednesday it "fully supports" President Rodrigo Duterte's order to rehabilitate the Manila Bay, which has long been plagued by a trash problem.

In a statement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said it would hold consultations with the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force to "ensure that accredited tourism establishments in all parts of the country will conform with the highest standard of environmental conservation."

The task force had led the 6-month rehabilitation of Boracay island, which was plagued by sewage woes, unregulated development, and overcrowding. The beach destination reopened to tourists in October.

"We will continue to strengthen our partnership with the industry and national and local government agencies to ensure the sustainable development and management of this economic sector," it said.

"We recognize that such efforts are for the best interest of the tourism industry and are in line with the thrust of the DOT to create a culture of sustainable tourism."

Duterte on Tuesday said he has directed Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to take charge of the rehabilitation efforts on the Manila Bay, a popular spot to view the sunset.

The President warned hotels and other establishments facing the Manila Bay to comply with environmental regulations or face closure.

“Whether they like it or not, lahat itong, itong mga hotel, ‘yung palabas niyong mga tae ng mga turista… lagyan niyo ng water treatment kung hindi pasarahan ko iyan,” Duterte said in a speech in Pasay City.

(Whether they like it or not, all these hotels, the waste discharge from tourists... put water treatment there or else I will shut them down.)

Garbage from nearby provinces like Cavite and Laguna are often blamed for the sorry state of the bay. In the wake of storms, trash usually pile up on the breakwater and even further inland into Roxas Boulevard.

The rehabilitation will require the relocation of thousands of illegal settlers, whose household waste contribute to 70 percent of pollution in the area, DENR Spokesperson Jonas Leones earlier said.

The effort would, meanwhile, need some P47 billion in funds, Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda earlier said.

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The Manila Bay challenge


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January 11, 2019


I KNOW President Rodrigo Duterte is still understandably ecstatic about how he rehabilitated Boracay Island after shutting down the tourist attraction for six months last year. But rehabilitating Manila Bay, which he has declared he would do in five years starting this month, is an order of magnitude more difficult than fixing the overcrowded tourist destination off the coast of Panay Island.

But rehabilitating Manila Bay, which he has declared he would do in five years starting this month, is an order of magnitude more difficult than fixing the overcrowded tourist destination off the coast of Panay island.

For starters, Manila Bay has been a virtual cesspool since before the Spanish colonization in the 16th century. Ever since there was a shipping trade between Manila and nearby ports in China and elsewhere, the 1,994-square kilometer (sq x km) bay, with its 190 km of coastline stretching from the provinces of Cavite in the south to Bataan in the north, with Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga in between, has been the center of the country’s commerce.

To this day, international and domestic shipping is the lifeblood of Manila Bay, but downstream industry, manufacturing, domestic and foreign tourism have added to the toxic soup of the bay’s water, drained from mostly untreated freshwater sources like the Pasig and Pampanga Rivers and the hotels and other tourist establishments that ring the once-scenic but now garbage-strewn coastline.

The famed sunset has been obscured by air pollution and high tides and typhoons bring waves of garbage that cover the coast, where trash is still thrown indiscriminately by promenaders into the water. And except for funding-challenged initiatives by the private sector to plant mangroves on the shoreline and the issuance more than a decade ago of a toothless Supreme Court ruling to clean up the bay, nothing has really been done to fix the problem.

But, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean Duterte wouldn’t take it on, as his successful cleanup of Boracay proved. And it appears that his government is really preparing to take on the problem with all the resources at its command.

First, the President ordered Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu last Tuesday to start working on a comprehensive, five-year (2019 to 2014) Manila Bay clean-up program. Just like he did in Boracay, Duterte said he wanted to immediately target tourist establishments along the coastline that did not have water and sewage treatment facilities.


Cimatu gave media an idea of just how polluted Manila Bay is. According to him, the nearly 2,000 sq km body of water is really “a cesspool” with extremely high coliform levels of 330 million most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters, compared to the accepted safe level of 100 MPN/100ml.

Cimatu’s preliminary rehabilitation program calls for a change in approach as the bay’s water quality has not improved despite the Supreme Court cleanup order issued in December 2008.

“We are putting up a Manila Bay command center, we will get the local government units more involved, and we will be more aggressive in enforcing environmental laws, particularly against the discharge of untreated wastewater into the bay,” Cimatu said.

Duterte, as usual, was more direct in his assessment. He decided that the first order of business was cleaning up wastewater coming from hotels and other similar establishments along the bay.

“Put water treatment facilities in your hotels or else I will close you,” he declared. “Do not dare me.”

Again, as in Boracay, Duterte expressed his disdain for those who believe that tourism revenues were more important than the environment. “If there are no tourists, then so be it; we will not die,” he said. “You do something about your waste or else I will close it; that’s for sure.”

* * *

Malacañang was quick to announce where the funds for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay were to come from. The Palace said the government was planning to use the controversial road user’s tax to fund the long-overdue environmental cleanup.

This will immediately happen once the Road Board, which manages the road user’s tax collections, is abolished, according to Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. According to reports, the accumulated amount of unused road user’s tax is around P45 billion.

The board is a body created by a special law composed of the secretaries of public works and highways, transportation, budget and management, and finance as ex officio members and three representatives of private transport organizations. The Secretary of Public Works and Highways is the ex officio chairman of the Road Board.

Congress is allowed to appropriate funds for public works rehabilitation works under the law creating the board. Duterte, however, has called for the repeal of the law creating the board and the abolition of the agency, which he described as a hotbed of corruption.

The funds must be earmarked solely for adequate road maintenance and improvement of road drainage, adequate traffic lights and road safety and air pollution control devices at both the national and provincial levels.

But Duterte said the Road Board must be abolished because it has been turned into a “milking cow” of corrupt politicians.

I wish Duterte all the luck in the world as he takes on what, to me, is the biggest environmental challenge of his administration. Some may want to focus on Duterte’s dirty language, but I’d rather cheer the President on as he shows us that the filthy environment can be cleaned up — and you don’t have to use nice words to do it.

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Review of Manila Bay reclamation projects eyed

Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - January 11, 2019 - 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — In line with President Duterte’s order to clean up Manila Bay, the government is mulling a review of all reclamation projects, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday.

Año said they will coordinate with other government agencies to determine if the reclamation projects are in accordance with the country’s laws.

“Bubusisiin muna natin yan. Titingnan muna natin kung iyan ay alinsunod sa batas (We will scrutinize them. We will check if they follow the laws),” he said in an interview over dzMM.

Año cited some of the laws as Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act, RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act and RA 8550, also known as the Philippine Fisheries Code.

The projects involve the reclamation of at least 26,230 hectares of Manila Bay.

The DILG is among the government agencies tasked to rehabilitate Manila Bay on the orders of Duterte.

Task force

Año said they will create an inter-agency task force similar to what was created during the rehabilitation of Boracay Island. It will have inspection, investigation and audit teams that will look into the structures along Manila Bay and its connecting waterways.

Among the units they will tap is the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group for the implementation of laws and ordinances.

The task force will be chaired by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu while Año is one of the vice-chairpersons.

They plan to clear Manila Bay and other tributaries of informal settler families, who will be relocated elsewhere.

Año said they will also inspect factories and other commercial establishments to check if they have a treatment facility for their wastewater or “ipapasara natin yan (we will shut them down).”

Consultations

The Department of Tourism, meanwhile, said yesterday it will hold consultations with accredited tourism establishments in all parts of the country after Duterte blamed hotels without proper sewage treatment plants for polluting Manila Bay.

Jose Clemente, Tourism Congress of the Philippines president, told The STAR that while they would be more than happy to help, “we have yet to be informed as to which properties are supposedly dumping into the bay, if any. We just want to know what the bases were for the statements made.”

Cimatu earlier said Manila Bay’s waters have reached 350 million most probable number fecal coliform bacteria per 100 milliliter while Boracay’s waters reached only 100 million MPN per 100 ml at most when the President called the island a “cesspool.” – With Catherine Talavera

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Manila Bay rehab; DENR orders sewage treatment plants put up
Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu yesterday gave establishments surrounding Manila Bay three months to put up their own sewage treatment plants (STPs).

“Establishments have to put up their own STPs. They cannot discharge their wastewater in the esteros,” Cimatu said.

He added that these establishments should immediately work on having their respective STPs or face sanctions.

Among these establishments is Manila Zoo, which is located near the polluted Estero de San Antonio Abad in Malate, Manila. Officials of the zoo, run by the city government, earlier admitted that they do not have an STP.

Cimatu said Estero de San Antonio Abad directly drains into the bay through an outfall at the Manila Yacht Club.

Phases

Cimatu said the rehabilitation program will be in three phases: cleanup and improvement of water quality; then rehabilitation and finally, protection and sustainment.

Phase one is set to begin this year, Cimatu said, adding that this includes the cleanup of esteros and waterways, reduction of the fecal coliform level and toxic discharges from establishments and the provision of temporary sanitation facilities for informal settlers residing along the esteros and the Manila Bay shoreline.

Solid waste management and planning for the relocation of the informal settlers will also be done.

Cimatu said that to jumpstart the rehabilitation, the DENR will start the cleanup of esteros by tracing the sources of untreated wastewater.

Inspections

Aside from inspecting the Estero de San Antonio de Abad on Friday, Cimatu also inspected the Parañaque and Don Galo rivers, which both lead to Manila Bay. These two tributaries have also been reported to have high fecal coliform levels.

The strict implementation of Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 is the “key to addressing water quality issues and other environmental problems in the historic bay,” he added.

In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a continuing mandamus ordering the DENR and 12 other government agencies to clean up Manila Bay and restore its water quality to Class SB level, which is deemed safe for recreational activities such as swimming.

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

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

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The Manila Bay challenge


By JOJO ROBLES


January 11, 2019


I KNOW President Rodrigo Duterte is still understandably ecstatic about how he rehabilitated Boracay Island after shutting down the tourist attraction for six months last year. But rehabilitating Manila Bay, which he has declared he would do in five years starting this month, is an order of magnitude more difficult than fixing the overcrowded tourist destination off the coast of Panay Island.

But rehabilitating Manila Bay, which he has declared he would do in five years starting this month, is an order of magnitude more difficult than fixing the overcrowded tourist destination off the coast of Panay island.

For starters, Manila Bay has been a virtual cesspool since before the Spanish colonization in the 16th century. Ever since there was a shipping trade between Manila and nearby ports in China and elsewhere, the 1,994-square kilometer (sq x km) bay, with its 190 km of coastline stretching from the provinces of Cavite in the south to Bataan in the north, with Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga in between, has been the center of the country’s commerce.

To this day, international and domestic shipping is the lifeblood of Manila Bay, but downstream industry, manufacturing, domestic and foreign tourism have added to the toxic soup of the bay’s water, drained from mostly untreated freshwater sources like the Pasig and Pampanga Rivers and the hotels and other tourist establishments that ring the once-scenic but now garbage-strewn coastline.

The famed sunset has been obscured by air pollution and high tides and typhoons bring waves of garbage that cover the coast, where trash is still thrown indiscriminately by promenaders into the water. And except for funding-challenged initiatives by the private sector to plant mangroves on the shoreline and the issuance more than a decade ago of a toothless Supreme Court ruling to clean up the bay, nothing has really been done to fix the problem.

But, just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean Duterte wouldn’t take it on, as his successful cleanup of Boracay proved. And it appears that his government is really preparing to take on the problem with all the resources at its command.

First, the President ordered Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu last Tuesday to start working on a comprehensive, five-year (2019 to 2014) Manila Bay clean-up program. Just like he did in Boracay, Duterte said he wanted to immediately target tourist establishments along the coastline that did not have water and sewage treatment facilities.


Cimatu gave media an idea of just how polluted Manila Bay is. According to him, the nearly 2,000 sq km body of water is really “a cesspool” with extremely high coliform levels of 330 million most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters, compared to the accepted safe level of 100 MPN/100ml.

Cimatu’s preliminary rehabilitation program calls for a change in approach as the bay’s water quality has not improved despite the Supreme Court cleanup order issued in December 2008.

“We are putting up a Manila Bay command center, we will get the local government units more involved, and we will be more aggressive in enforcing environmental laws, particularly against the discharge of untreated wastewater into the bay,” Cimatu said.

Duterte, as usual, was more direct in his assessment. He decided that the first order of business was cleaning up wastewater coming from hotels and other similar establishments along the bay.

“Put water treatment facilities in your hotels or else I will close you,” he declared. “Do not dare me.”

Again, as in Boracay, Duterte expressed his disdain for those who believe that tourism revenues were more important than the environment. “If there are no tourists, then so be it; we will not die,” he said. “You do something about your waste or else I will close it; that’s for sure.”

* * *

Malacañang was quick to announce where the funds for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay were to come from. The Palace said the government was planning to use the controversial road user’s tax to fund the long-overdue environmental cleanup.

This will immediately happen once the Road Board, which manages the road user’s tax collections, is abolished, according to Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo. According to reports, the accumulated amount of unused road user’s tax is around P45 billion.

The board is a body created by a special law composed of the secretaries of public works and highways, transportation, budget and management, and finance as ex officio members and three representatives of private transport organizations. The Secretary of Public Works and Highways is the ex officio chairman of the Road Board.

Congress is allowed to appropriate funds for public works rehabilitation works under the law creating the board. Duterte, however, has called for the repeal of the law creating the board and the abolition of the agency, which he described as a hotbed of corruption.

The funds must be earmarked solely for adequate road maintenance and improvement of road drainage, adequate traffic lights and road safety and air pollution control devices at both the national and provincial levels.

But Duterte said the Road Board must be abolished because it has been turned into a “milking cow” of corrupt politicians.

I wish Duterte all the luck in the world as he takes on what, to me, is the biggest environmental challenge of his administration. Some may want to focus on Duterte’s dirty language, but I’d rather cheer the President on as he shows us that the filthy environment can be cleaned up — and you don’t have to use nice words to do it.

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SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - January 15, 2019 - 12:00am


Over the weekend, I had fun watching the events posted on my Facebook page with no less than Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu visiting the Manila Yacht Club for a look and see of the Manila Bay accompanied by my good friend, MYC Commodore Robert “Bobby” Joseph. The beauty in that meeting is that it took some time for them to finish as the problem of Manila Bay is enormous to say the least. Because of that meeting the DENR Secretary decided to break up the cleanup of Manila Bay into four areas, which is for me the right approach as Manila Bay has a 200-plus kilometer roadway that passes along the bay.

Also we learned from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Dino that the mayors of Manila and Pateros are non-compliant in Manila Bay cleanup and this includes a hundred barangay captains whom Dino said that if these people do not deliver this time around, cases will be filed against them. Usec Dino is now a year in his position and with DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu and no less than Pres. Rodrigo Duterte already using the Manila Bay cleanup as their advocacy, I would like to believe that half the problem in this cleanup is already done.

No doubt New Year 2019 has truly begun with great strides when last week Pres. Duterte warned hotels operating along Roxas Blvd that he would shut them down if they continued to throw their waste into Manila Bay. Thus no less than the President has taken a role in the cleanup of Manila Bay. Now we learned that the DENR is now testing the quality of the water in Manila Bay before they do the rehab. I’m sure that quality would be close or worse than the toilet in your house. At this point, let me say that we are merely reporting the start of this cleanup… we shall continue writing on this issue until the day when Manila Bay will smell nice and sweet so we could all enjoy the famous Manila Bay sunset by the bay itself!

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Manila Bay rehab may take years to complete, expert says

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MANILA - The proposed massive cleanup of the heavily polluted Manila Bay is a herculean task that could take years to complete, a noted architect and urban planner said Monday.

Speaking to "Bandila sa DZMM," Felino "Jun" Palafox Jr. said the project must be reviewed properly and needs all hands on deck.

"'Yung catchment area ng Manila Bay is 1,700,000 hectares. You can fit in 26 Singapores or 1,700 Boracays, ganun ang magnitude niyan. Hindi lang dapat 'yung government agencies 'yung involved, all the provinces around it," he said.

To restore Manila Bay to its former glory, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will start rehabilitating the capital's main harbor end of January. Revenue from the road users' tax, some P47 billion, is eyed by government to fund the project.

If all goes according to plan, Palafox said the cleanup could take at least 4 years.

Some parts of the 190 kilometer-coastline could be swum by December, he added.

Results of a water sampling in the area showed that Manila Bay's average fecal coliform level was at 330 million most probable number (mpn), 3.3 million times above the standard 100 mpn that is ideal for swimming.

Informal settlers living along the bay's shores, Palafox said, must also be relocated during the cleanup.

"Dapat talaga gumawa ng promenades along the Manila Bay front, dapat mga 50 meters ang setback. Along Pasig River, 10 meters. Along the esteros,mga 3 1/2 half meters. Dapat masunod yan," he said.

Some 40,000 families were identified by DENR as the major contributor of the waters' pollution.

Palafox also said large-scale reclamation projects planned for Manila Bay must be studied properly.

The Solar City Reclamation Project will cover some 148 hectares, while the Waterfront City Reclamation Project will cover around 318 hectares in the polluted bay.

Red tape and analysis paralysis or overthinking a situation, he said, could become big stumbling blocks to the rehabilitation.

"People first or social equity, then environment, then we can talk about profits," Palafox said.

The proposed cleanup came about 3 months after Boracay Island underwent a 6-month rehabilitation.

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So, how's the clean up drive operation goes with your co-members in the federation, ts?


Ayun ganun pa rin...wrong grammar...

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Ayun ganun pa rin...wrong grammar...


Hahaha bano talaga si blitz....

Ungas lang talaga ang kokontra dito...

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