“Battle for Manila Bay!” was the battle cry for the most recent activity of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – the launching of Manila Bay Clean Up Drive last January 27, 2019.
Thousands of volunteers, employees of DENR and other government agencies carrying brooms, rakes, trash bags and other cleaning materials joined the program and the march from Quirino Grandstand to the Baywalk Area to kick off the clean-up efforts.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, joined by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, Acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr., National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim led the program.
Local government surrounding the Manila Bay were ordered to conduct weekly clean-ups in their respective areas. Failure to conduct such would result to penalties.
Simultaneous Clean Up Activities were conducted in areas where the Manila Bay flows – Cavite, Las Pinas, Navotas, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Bataan.
Along with the launching of the Manila Bay rehabilitation, the DENR also inspected establishments and businesses which may have violated environmental laws. Cease and desist orders and notices of violation were issued to a number of major establishments which were sources of pollution to the Manila Bay.
Participants of the Manila Bay Clean Up in Bacoor, Cavite
DENR Regional Executive Director Atty Ipat Luna delivering her message in Bacoor, Cavite event
by: Philippe Michael T. Granada | 28 January 2019