Duterte creates Manila Bay Task Force

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has created Manila Bay Task Force to expedite the rehabilitation and restoration of Manila Bay.

The task force was created through Administrative Order No. 16 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea by the authority of President Duterte.

“The convergence of national government agencies and LGUs in the Manila Bay Region, and the active participation of private and public stakeholders, are necessary to facilitate the robust and integrated implementation of all rehabilitation and restoration efforts at the Manila Bay,” the order read.

The task force will be chaired by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as vice chairpersons.

The task force will require government facilities, subdivisions, condominiums, commercial centers, hotels, sports and recreational facilities, hospitals, market places, public buildings, industrial complex, including households to immediately connect existing sewerage lines to available sewerage systems or sewerage treatment plants.

It will also undertake remedial measures to improve the water quality of Manila Bay, such as sustained and targeted reduction in the coliform level in all major river systems and tributaries within the Manila Bay Region.

In collaboration with concerned agencies, the task force must also prepare for the implementation of a comprehensive plan for the massive relocation of Informal Settler Families and a comprehensive plan for expediting the local sanitation program of LGUs within the Manila Bay Region by 2026.

The task force must also undertake measures relative to violation of environmental laws, such as demolition, closure, or cessation of businesses and/or filing of administrative action against erring persons or establishments

It should also facilitate a massive info education driver to garner public support for the Manila Bay cleanup, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Presidential Communications Operations Office, LGUs, and other stakeholders.

The task force must submit a quarterly report to the Office of the President on the actions taken by the LGUs and recommendation on amendment of existing laws and issuances to respond to existing conditions.