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Saving Manila Bay

October 1, 2019 11:48 pm

During my brief visits in Manila (having taken up residence in Gingoog City, Mis. Or. for sometime now), I saw the amazing transformation of the filthy Manila Bay shoreline into something clean and trash-free, its water seemingly swimmable and fresh-looking. The government and private efforts to clean up the once eulogized bay as having the most beautiful sunset, have indeed yielded healthy results.  

 The rehabilitation work continues. Rehabilitating Manila Bay has been, and continues to be, according to Manila Yacht Club (MYC) Commodore Robert Lim Joseph,  a formidable task. To date, Joseph said, the waste collectors have amassed 27,000 tons of garbage. “They will collect around 30,000 tons more from October to December,” said Joseph. “This is 60 years of accumulated waste.” 

There is a big kink that needs to be ironed out to make the bay truly the bay of dreams.

That is lack of enthusiastic cooperation. Joseph and Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza are urging the two water concessionaires – Maynilad and Manila Water – to do their part in rehabilitating Manila Bay by complying with Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act of 2004. 

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