Manila Bay Rehab: 5 establishments cited for water pollution

admin   •   February 20, 2019   •   3024

Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines — Five establishments in Metro Manila are facing temporary closure after the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) issued ex parte-cease and desist orders against them.

The CDO was served to Max’s Restaurant UN Orosa, HengFeng Kitchenette, Jollibee Macapagal Biopolis, Lamer Catering, and Nihon Bashitei Japanese Food.

The said establishments were cited for dumping untreated wastewater and contributing to the pollution in Manila Bay.

LLDA personnel on Tuesday (February 19) promptly sealed Hengfeng Kitchenette’s faucets after serving the cease and desist order.

The food establishment was found to have a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of 2,260 milligrams per liter whereas the standard density is at 30 milligrams per liter. This indicates a lack of water treatment facility.

“Nakita namin it’s an immediate threat to life, health, safety and welfare,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez, department manager of LLDA environmental regulations.

Hengfeng representative, Ramon Arqueza expressed surprise at the result of the BOD testing.

“Yan ang hindi ko rin alam. Ngayon lang, nagulat ako na may problema pala,” Arqueza said.

Meanwhile, Jollibee Macapagal Biopolis branch had already been closed when the LLDA group arrived.

“Mataas yung kanilang fecal coliform na isa sa mga nagko-contribute ng fecal coliform level sa Manila Bay,” Engr. Hernandez said.

He added that the fast food chain has sent a letter stating that they have already temporarily closed the establishment to allow for repair works on their water treatment plant.

Establishments that have received notices may immediately file an appeal at the office of the LLDA. The orders will be lifted after compliance with existing policies.

The government’s crackdown against establishments that violate environmental laws is part of the Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts.  — Nel Maribojoc

Over 1,000 ‘estero rangers’ tapped for Manila Bay clean-up project

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

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.)

DENR targets ‘swimmable’ Manila Bay by end of 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   November 14, 2019

Volunteers collect rubbish along the shore during the launch of the Manila Bay rehabilitation in Manila, Philippines, 27 January 2019. Thousands of volunteers and government workers gathered at Manila Bay to launch an inter-agency program effort to rehabilitate the waters dubbed as ‘Battle for Manila Bay’. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

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)

European-style lampposts installed in Jones Bridge

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2019

European-style lampposts were installed as part of the rehabilitation of Jones Bridge in Manila.

During an inspection on Monday morning (October 21), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the rehabilitation may not look exactly like the original design of Jones Bridge but it will still remain European-style inspired.

“Ang Maynila is the Paris of the East. That is why if we have to revive Manila, at least malapit sa katotohanan hindi man parehong-pareho (as least similar to the truth even if it is not exactly the same),” Moreno said.

Moreno also assured the Manila government did not pay anything for the said rehabilitation. He also said that the lampposts are Filipino-made.

“Kaya iyong ilaw na nandyan hindi mabibili kahit saan (The lights installed there cannot be bought anywhere else),” he said.

The Manila Mayor also said the rehabilitation plan will also include the installation of ‘La Madre’ or the four pylon included in the original design of Jones Bridge.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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