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Huge waves dump truckloads of garbage on Roxas Blvd

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2016

Huge wave due to strong wind brought by torm dumps truckloads of grabage along the shoreline of Manila Bay at Roxas Blvd, Manila.

Huge wave due to strong wind brought by torm dumps truckloads of grabage along the shoreline of Manila Bay at Roxas Blvd, Manila.

MANILA, Philippines — Strong waves were pounding the seawall along Roxas Boulevard because of the storm.

The waves also brought with it garbage from nearby areas. Scavengers took advantage of the situation to get plastic items that they could sell.

On the other hand, there were also a group of people busy getting the bamboos that were also swept up by the current to the Manila bay.

“We will use these to build pig pens,” Elmer Mercader said.

When the weather calms, the next problem for the city government is taking away the garbage and cleaning up the baywalk and the seaside.

In the past, it took several days and plenty of trucks just to get rid of the garbage.

Meanwhile, group of youngsters were enjoying taking a bath at sea despite strong waves and the garbage.

“It’s fun especially with the big waves.”

“(Does anyone forbid you?)”

“Nobody, even the coastguard are out of sight.”

Meanwhile, people residing at the shorelines and in flood-prone areas in Manila did not evacuate even if it was raining overnight.

The evacuation center in Delpan that can house 1,000 families was still empty as of noon today.

However, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are still on standby in case a situation arises.

Also on standby are amphibian trucks and rescue boats.

“We are still on standby because you can’t say when the water level will rise and people will have to be evacuated. We are ready.” Delpan Evacuation Center’s Property and Building Custodian James Enriquez expressed their readiness.


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DENR plans to restore historic Manila Bay’s former beauty 

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Manila Bay sunset (Rogelio Neccessito Jr. / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is not giving up on the plan to restore Manila Bay to its former glory.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he already directed the Manila Bay Coordinating Council to draft a master plan for the rehabilitation efforts of the historic bay known for its beautiful sunsets.

But Cimatu admits it will be a herculean task as many establishments have already mushroomed around the bay stretching from Metro Manila to nearby provinces like Bulacan and Cavite.

Likewise, it is a big challenge to relocate all 300,000 families currently dwelling around Manila Bay.

Joan Baldon, for instance, is among the residents in Barangay Tangos, Navotas who was given a notice to relocate. Waves slam onto her small house when its high tide but Joan seems unfazed by the risk even at the onset of a tropical storm.

“Kasi malinis ang dagat saka ang mga nakatira sa may tabing dagat. Safe (naman) kapag may darating na masamang panahon,” Joan said.

Loads of garbage are seen scattered by the bay but the scene has become a regular sight for Joan.

Residents, both adults and children, who are used to wading and swimming in the bay are seem immune to the health risks that the obviously contaminated water poses.

According to DENR standards, the coliform level in Manila Bay must not exceed the safe level of 100 most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliter (ml) for swimming and other recreational activities.

However, a 2016 study revealed that coliform bacteria level in Manila Bay has spiked to 155 million mpn/100ml which is already harmful to the human body.

“Ang pag-determine how clean Manila Bay is would be the pedal coliform. Kasi ito yung bacteria na nakaka damage ng katawan ng tao habang nagsi-swim. Ito ang basis aside from the solid waste. Marami kang nakikitang plastic dyan at mga iba iba pang garbage pero pag nalinisan mo na iyan, it does not mean na malinis na ang tubig. Nandyan ang coliform, kaya iyan ang gusto nating alisin,’ the DENR Secretary explained.

The agency hopes that before the end of 2019, the quality of water in Manila Bay will somehow improve.

Aside from the DENR, 15 other government agencies will join in to execute the rehabilitation plan on Manila Bay.

Cimatu said he is determined to close all establishments violating environmental laws near and around Manila Bay specifically those who dispose waste water directly to the bay. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Manila Bay. | Image grabbed from Pixabay.com

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Monsoon rains spawn sea of garbage in Manila Bay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Trash fill the stretch of Manila Baywalk as raging waves spew garbage from Manila Bay during the onslaught of monsoon rains.


MANILA, Philippines – Waves of trash have accumulated in Manila Bay in the aftermath of a heavy downpour over the weekend.

Piles of garbage were seen reaching Roxas Boulevard eventually obstructing traffic.

Volunteers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Manila City government continue to collect mounts of garbage believed to have come from various parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

 Lahat ng basura na umanod na hanggang Roxas Boulevard ay kailangang ligpitin natin at mapanatiling malinis ang Roxas Boulevard,” said ASEC Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson.

Since Saturday, clearing personnel were able to collect up to 10 truckloads of garbage from Manila Bay.

Most of them were items made of plastic and styrofoam as well as bamboo poles believed to have been disentangled from damage fish cages in nearby areas.

The MMDA expects the clearing operation along the stretch of Manila Baywalk area to last until next week. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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Garbage clutter Manila Bay as rains continue

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Piles of garbage float on Manila Bay in Roxas Boulevard as rains continue to pour since the weekend.

Personnel from  Manila City’s Department of Public Service on Monday said they have been collecting at least a truckload of rubbish every day since the official start of the rainy season last week as declared by weather bureau PAGASA.

Items recovered from the trash include styrofoam and plastic materials as well as bamboo trunks believed to be from damaged fish cages in nearby lakes.

The Manila City hall has been continuously clearing the Bay since 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 11. – Asher Cadapan Jr.


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