Battle for Manila Bay launched

The Philippine Navy has joined an inter-agency effort, Battle for Manila Bay, spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

“The opening salvo for the Battle for Manila Bay began this morning with the Solidarity Walk through the historic Roxas Boulevard participated in by the Philippine Navy together with thousands of representatives from government agencies and stakeholders,” the Philippine Navy said.

The Navy said Battle for Manila Bay is not against any enemy armada but against practices that degrades the Bay and restoring the same for future generation.

“As I declare the start of Battle for Manila Bay, I direct the DENR and the LLDA (Laguna Lake Development Authority) to issue a cease and desist order for those who violated environmental laws here in Manila Bay,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said.

“We will allocate heavy equipment, we will procure a new technology, trash skimmers — this will collect garbage and full-time solely allocated for Manila Bay. This is just the beginning and you can expect us to allocate a bigger budget for Manila Bay,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

“Sa DILG, bubusisiin natin ang establishments dito kung sila ay sumusunod sa Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Management Act. Every week the barangay captains will conduct cleanup in their respective areas where there are rivers leading to Manila Bay,”  DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.

“Sa amin sa MMDA kasama sa aming mandatos ang paglilinis ng waterways and sewerages, pero ngayon nagsasama tayong lahat, naniniwala ako wala nang dahilan para hindi tayo magtagumpay sa pagbabalik ng linis, kaayusan at kagandahan ng Manila Bay,” said MMDA chairman Danilo Lim.