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DENR SPOX Optimistic Manila Bay Swimmable by June


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Spokesperson and Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Atty. Jonas Leones is hopeful the water quality of Manila Bay will be safe for swimming and other forms of contact recreation by the end of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s term in June. During the media briefing held on Feb. 28 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City, Leones said coliform level in the priority sites in Manila Bay has now decreased from billions to within thousands to hundreds as a result of the Department’s continued dredging operations, closure of illegal outfalls, and treatment of wastewater discharged into Manila Bay. The writ of continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court in 2008 ordered the DENR and 13 other agencies to restore and maintain the waters of the bay to Class SB with a coliform level of 100 most probable number (mpn) per 100mL.

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