The DENR National Capital Region through the Ambient Water Unit of EMB-NCR, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government of Navotas City and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), on the installation of a Water Quality Monitoring Equipment (WQME) off the coast of the Tanza Marine Tree Park on Friday, 7 May 2021.

The ceremony, held via videoconferencing app, was attended by Navotas City Mayor, Hon. Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco, Navotas City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head Joselito V. Osete, and Kagawad Leonora Acosta of Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City. The PCG was represented by Rear Admiral Artemio M. Abu of the Maritime Safety Services Command and officers from Coast Guard District NCR-CL.

EMB Director and concurrent EMB-NCR Regional Director, Engr. William P. Cuñado, was represented by EMB Regional Director Martin Jose V. Despi, Engr. Jean C. Borromeo, OIC Chief Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division, and other staff.

DENR National Capital Region, Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan attended with Manila Bay Site Coordination/Management Office (MBSCMO) Focal Haidee D. Pabalate and North Field Office DCEO Daryll Olga Arzadon.

In her closing remarks, Director Caancan noted the timely coincidence of the MOA signing with the celebration of May as the Month of the Ocean, with its theme “Science we need for the Oceans we want”. She said the WQME will provide DENR and the other mandamus agencies with real-time and verifiable data on the quality of the waters of Navotas Tanza Marine Tree Park, helping them craft science-based interventions in line with the ongoing cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. “The WQME will help us realize our vision of Manila Bay as a clean and productive ecosystem”, Director Caancan added. DENR has installed WQMEs at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP), Manila Baywalk Area, and Baseco Beach area in Tondo, Manila.