THE Metrolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said more than 3,810 tons of garbage, water hyacinth and silt have been removed from the Manila Bay coastline and drainage system discharging to the bay since the government started its rehabilitation program.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said they expect to collect more garbage as piles of trash float at the Manila Bay brought by heavy rains these past few days.
“Garbage has accumulated in Manila Bay after the heavy rains but the rehabilitation of Manila Bay never stops. We are inviting more volunteers to help in our clean-up drive held every Saturday in the Baywalk and Baseco areas,” said Lim.
Majority of collected from the bay were bamboo poles and driftwood which had been carried by currents from nearby fish pens, water hyacinths, plastics, household waste, and sorts of garbage thrown indiscriminately into esteros and creeks.
Aside from hauling garbage, agency workers are focusing on cleaning major drainages, including Estero San Antonio de Abad, Tripa de Gallina, Padre Faura Drainage Main, Remedios Drainage Main, to prevent garbage and silt from polluting the bay.
“The government still has a long way to go in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay but we are on the right track towards restoring the beauty and improve Manila Bay’s quality of water,” said Lim.
The Manila Bay rehabilitation program is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR), with MMDA, various government agencies, local government units, private groups, environmentalists and volunteers.
The Manila Bay cleanup organized by the MMDA had registered 18,457 volunteers who joined the incessant clean-up activities in Manila Baywalk and Baseco area from January to August, this year.