EMB National Capital Region, under the leadership of Regional Director Atty. Domingo M. Clemente, Jr. resumed its water quality monitoring and sampling operations in Manila Bay and other connected outfalls late last May as quarantine protocols eased up a bit in Metro Manila.

This complies with the instructions of DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan. EMB National Capital Region before setting out, however, Engr. Jean C. Borromeo, OIC of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division, EMB-NCR, conducted safety induction to officers assigned to do the water sampling.

One of the parameters to be tested is the amount of fecal coliform found per 100 mL of the collected samples. Under its Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program, DENR aims to reduce the amount of fecal coliform in Manila Bay and make it safe for commercial propagation of aquatic resources and recreational activities. The safe level for coliform content as per DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08 Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standards is at 100 MPN/100 ml.