THE Manila Bay rehabilitation is set to kick off on January 27, which according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, is a much bigger challenge compared to just-concluded Boracay rehabilitation.
Thus, Cimatu urged all stakeholders to support the rehab efforts and be part of the history in bringing back Manila Bay to its old pristine condition.
“Nothing is impossible if all hands are on the deck for the project to succeed. I wish you to join us in making history in our country,” Cimatu told some 200 representatives of the 12 mandamus agencies and other government agencies, local government units and the civil society during the stakeholders’ meeting.
He said this mission is not impossible. “This mission calls for dedication and hardwork from all those who will help us in this operation,” Cimatu said.
DENR personnel will be the frontliners in making the coastal waters of Manila Bay fit for swimming again.
Manila Bay, known for having one of the most beautiful sunsets, is also most polluted body of waters in the country due to domestic sewage, toxic industrial effluents from factories and shipping operations, and leachate from garbage dumps.
Malacañang has approved a budget amounting to P42.95 billion for three years. This amount will cover cleanup of priority waterways, relocation of informal settler families (ISFs), and implementation of temporary sanitation facilities in ISF communities prior to relocation.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, who was also personally handpicked by President Rodrigo Duterte to undertake the rehabilitation, will join Cimatu in the mission.