MANILA, Philippines — Using the newest machinery, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) began on Tuesday (March 5) the wide desilting activity in Manila Bay as part of its rehabilitation.
The DPWH will first work on the 1.5-kilometer area from Manila Yacht Club Breakwater to the US Embassy.
It was divided into five sectors, with each part estimated to take three months to clean.
Desilting is a process of removing waste and mire underneath the seabed of Manila Bay. The waste collected by the amphibious trucks will be dried and segregated.
The collected waste will be taken to Navotas landfill while the mire and soil will be dumped in a land in Bicutan, Taguig to check if it can still be used.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they are targeting to dredge around 225,000 sq. meters for this year.
“Kailangan ding i-analyze ang composition ng ide-dredge namin depende kung ano iyong toxicity kung meron man (We also need to analyze the composition of what we are going to dredge, depending on the toxicity if there is any),” Villar said.
Villar also said that the DPWH will assign 50 personnel every day to work on the desilting and dredging activity in Manila Bay.
They will also use a sewer inspection camera to determine which establishments are spewing waste into Manila Bay.
“Malaking tulong ito. Pagpasok niya sa culvert ng mga pipes tapos mayroong unathorized na pumapasok doon na mga tubo coming from non-compliant, nakikita ito. Kapag nakita niya iyan, ime-measure namin kung saan galing, anong building o anong tubo (It will be a great help when it enters the culvert of the pipes because it can detect unauthorized pipes coming from non-compliant establishments. We’ll be able to determine which building or pipe it is),” he said.
The department also estimates that it would take three years to thoroughly clean the Manila Bay seabed. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)
President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow any private sector’s massive reclamation of Manila Bay.
During his speech in the inauguration of the Sangley Airport on Saturday (February 15), Duterte said he will only allow plans of reclamation if it is in connection with a government project.
“I will only allow maybe plans of whatever reclamation if it is in connection with a government project. I will not allow massive reclamation for the private sector,” he said.
He also said that there is a need for further study if he will allow reclamation in Manila Bay.
“The entire Manila City would be environmentally at peril. So pag-aralan ninyong mabuti iyan (study it carefully). For the next administration, whoever gets to be the president of this country, study it very carefully. Because that Manila there, that old city is an old city and it will decay if you add so many things in front of Manila Bay,” Duterte said.
Based on reports, there are 25 reclamation projects proposal for the 10,000 hectares of Manila Bay, from Navotas City to Cavite. The government has only approved four of them which still need to undergo value engineer approval.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – A total of 1,100 ‘estero rangers’ were sworn into duty by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Sunday (November 17).
They will be deployed to different barangays across Metro Manila to facilitate the estero clean-up project in relation to the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
Cimatu believes that by mobilizing these ‘estero rangers,’ irresponsible waste disposal will be prevented as they are going to police their respective communities.
At present, there are around 65,000 families living along more than 200 esteros in Metro Manila and sadly, Cimatu said, they are in the habit of dumping garbage in esteros where these trash extract contaminants that flow straight to Manila Bay polluting its waters.
“Gusto namin mismo doon sa lugar na pinagtatapunan, mayroon tayong linya doon, (We want to have an eye or a line of communication from the areas where they dispose their garbage),” Cimatu said.
“Kayo ang napili. Kayo ang nai-rekomenda ng inyong local government unit especially your barangay (You were chosen. You were recommended by your local government units especially your barangays),” he added addressing the estero rangers.
Local chief executives were asked to identify and recommend two residents from each barangay to become estero rangers.
They are tasked to supervise the cleaning of esteros in their area for six weeks.
“Gusto namin talagang makatulong dahil nga talagang sobrang dumi na talaga (We really want to help because the esteros are so polluted),” noted estero ranger, Adelaida Hermies from San Juan City.
“Personally, ang nakikita ko ang mga residente talaga kulang talaga sa disiplina, (Personally from what I have observed, the residents really lack discipline),” she added.
The project is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay launched by DENR in cooperation with concerned government agencies, the LGUs and the private sector. – MNP (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants to improve the quality of water in Manila Bay to make it “swimmable” by the end of the year.
On Wednesday (November 13), DENR tested water sample from a creek near the DENR-NCR office in East Avenue, Quezon City.
An organic solution which is said to reduce pollution level in water has been applied.
“Its 100% organic so pwede siyang inumin ng tao, pwedeng inumin ng hayop, (so it could be consumed by humans and animals),” explained CHC Agritect Archieval Cabral.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu personally witnessed the solution’s effect on the contaminated water.
Cimatu said the agency plans to study whether the solution can be used to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
The DENR targets to make its water swimmable or safe for recreation before the end of the year.
“Ang first ano natin is ma-cleanup ang Manila Bay, ang fecal coliform. Iyon ang pinaka-target natin na mapababa, (First, we need to clean up Manila Bay’s fecal coliform content. That’s what we are targeting to reduce,)” Cabral said.
The DENR plans to construct three outfalls and a treatment plant near the Manila Yacht Club in Roxas Boulevard to help reduce pollution in Manila Bay.
“Especially kung nandyan na yung treatment plant talagang bababa na iyon, (Especially if the treatment plant is already working, [coliform content] will be further reduced),” Cimatu said.
“Kasi yung mga matataas na coliform diyan mati-treat nito (Because if coliform content is high, the facility will treat the water),” he assured.
The DENR will commission at least 2,000 personnel to maintain cleanliness in creeks across Metro Manila that discharge water to Manila Bay.
“Kasi kahit maglinis-linis tayo sa dagat kung tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagbaba ng garbage coming from the esteros, ay ganun pa rin, (Even if we do clean up drives but garbage disposals coming from the esteros continue, the situation will remain the same),” Secretary Cimatu said.
“So, we have to solve the problem from the sources,” he added. – MNP (with EXCLUSIVE interview by Rey Pelayo)
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