Weeks before the end of habagat season, the shores of the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Isla Pulo located at Barangay Tanza Uno in Navotas City, was swamped with marine litter brought by strong waves coming from the southwestern portion of Manila Bay.
But thanks to the concerted cleanup efforts of DENR National Capital Region’s Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and North Field Office (NFO); the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and Barangay Tanza Uno of Navotas City; the Philippine National Police (PNP); San Miguel Corporation (SMC); and, other volunteer organizations, the beach area is once again visible.
The TMTP is a mangrove enrichment area maintained by the DENR National Capital Region with help from the city government of Navotas. It is situated on the northeast portion of Manila Bay and hosts the last naturally growing mangrove stands of Metro Manila. TMTP also features a mudflat area frequented by migratory and resident birds.
In 2011, the Barangay Council of Tanza adopted Ordinance No. 4 declaring the area “a marine tree park”, the first of its kind in Metro Manila.