Battle for Manila Bay: MMDA collected 45 tons of garbage during the clean up

Manila Bay clean up kicks off on Sunday / photo from PNA

Manila, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reportedly collected 45.59 tons of garbage or equivalent to 11 garbage trucks during the cleanup drive of Manila Bay.

There were around 5,000 people who participated the solidarity walk and clean up along the Manila Bay area to kick off the project to restore the polluted bay to its former glory.

Environmental Secretary Roy Cimatu said he hoped that bringing back Manila Bay to life would be successful.

‘This is a battle that will be won not with force or arms but with the firm resolve to bring Manila Bay back to life,’ he said in a statement.

‘With the commitment and determination of every Filipino to do his share in this rehabilitation effort, we have already won the battle for Manila Bay.’  ‘We cannot afford to prolong this clean-up activity because this has long been neglected,’ he added. 

Manila Bay, with its 190 kilometers coastline used to be famous for its beautiful sunset views but now surrounded with different commercial establishments such as restaurants, hotels, and factories.

Not only these, there are more than 1 million informal settlers living along estuaries that discharge into Manila Bay.

On Sunday, the authorities ordered three restaurants to pay penalties of up to P200, 000 after finding that there facilities were dumping waste into the waters of the bay.

Other establishments were also given notices of violation and ordered to immediately implement corrective actions.

Meanwhile, aside from Cimatu, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar also attended the event.

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