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DENR National Capital Region starts inspection ahead of Manila Bay rehab

January 10, 2019

 

DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan led on Thursday, 10 January 2019, an ocular inspection of water outfalls in Manila Bay.

Together with Engr. Marivic Quides, Chief of Ambient Monitoring Section, EMB-National Capital Region, Dir. Caancan visited the Esplanade Seaside and SM by the Bay area in Pasay City; the waterways of Barangays Tambo, Don Galo and La Huerta in Parañaque City; Manila Zoo and Estero de San Antonio de Abad in Manila.

Apart from visually inspecting the waterways and checking compliance of establishments to environmental laws, Dir. Caancan also instructed EMB-NCR personnel to collect water samples for analysis.

The inspection was done to beef up the existing database on pollution loading of DENR National Capital Region to better aid the regional office in coming up with a comprehensive and integrated rehabilitation action plan for Manila Bay in keeping with the instructions of environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Sec. Cimatu earlier announced his intention to rehabilitate Manila Bay following reports that coliform level in its waters reached as high as 330 million MPN/100mL, or 3.3 million times above the standard 100 MPN/100mL set forth in DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08. He said that DENR “will show the same level of political will” in cleaning up Manila Bay as it did with the successful rehabilitation of Boracay.

The regional office, for its part, is focused in addressing data gaps—especially the number of environmentally compliant households, institutions, establishments and industries, including the number of informal settler families along waterways, among other important details—as these, according to Dir. Caancan, will be crucial in the rehabilitation plan of Manila Bay. “The need for a science-based and empirically verifiable data”, Dir. Caancan explained, “could not be overemphasized as, per our experience in Boracay, DENR will later be filing cases against erring establishments and institutions found violating environmental laws.”