View of City of Manila from Manila Bay. | Image grabbed from en.wikipedia.org MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City Health Department Sanitation Division is prioritizing clean up operations in four major drainage in the city in line with the rehabilitation works in Manila Bay.
These include Estero de Abad which surrounds major establishments, hospitals, malls and universities in the area.
The City Sanitation Division recently found out that about 10 percent of the more than 900 commercial establishments in the city are without water treatment facilities.
The agency added that even some government institutions in Manila also do not have water treatment plants.
“We have already identified several malls, government institutions and we have already identified commercial establishments, condominiums,” said Romeo Halcon, the sanitation division’s representative.
Such structures are given chance to complete the requirements and establish their respective water treatment plants before midyear.
According to Halcon, some may have water treatment facilities but are not operational.
Concerned commercial establishments said they just need some time to fix their facilities to be operational again.
Meanwhile, the city government has started coordinating with the informal settlers around Manila Bay before the rehabilitation starts.
They Manila LGU also coordinated with the local government of Cavite for the relocation sites of the affected families.
“For the City of Manila, our receiving LGU is Tanza Cavite and Naic (jump cut) yesterday it was Naic who offered their City or the area for relocation site,” Halcon explained.
The Manila City Sanitation division assured not to give exemptions to any establishments and institutions that violate the environmental laws.
In fact, they were warned of facing sanctions if they will not act on having proper and functional water treatment plants.
– Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)