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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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Rehabilitation works in Manila Bay to kick off Jan. 27

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The polluted waters of Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu acknowledged how vast the rehabilitation works will be in Manila Bay.

He specifically noted the alarming level of fecal coliform content in the waters of Manila Bay.

“The coliform in (Boracay) that time is almost one million MPN (most probable number) as compared sa Manila Bay 330 million. (That’s) 330% magnitude,” Cimatu explained.

On Tuesday (January 15), concerned agencies in the rehabilitation work convened to discuss the process.

The inter-agency task force will focus first on cleaning the drainages and relocating informal settlers nearby.

The DENR, however, warned that structures which do not have water treatment facility will be closed and will have to pay a fine of P20,000 to P200,000 per day.

Local government units who are not working on cleaning the Manila Bay will be charged in court.

“Kapag hindi ginawa ang job, we will hold them accountable,” warned Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) already directed Maynilad and Manila Water to expedite the construction of their respective water treatment facilities.

To fast track the job, the inter-agency task force calls on the President to issue an executive order in line with the rehabilitation works in Manila Bay.

“Kapag napababa ang coliform sa ilang area, pwede nang mag-swim. We will try hard to bring down the 330 million to 100,” Cimatu said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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Fecal coliform bacterial content in Manila Bay hits 1.9 billion – DENR

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

MANILA BAY: The DENR blames the irresponsible waste disposal of more than 2,000 informal settlers and surrounding establishments for the situation in Manila Bay.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines —The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed concern over the high level of fecal coliform bacteria in Manila Bay.

Based on the recent test conducted by the agency, the fecal and coliform level in Manila Bay has reached 1.9 billion most probable number (MPN).

The level of fecal coliform bacteria indicates the water has been contaminated with fecal discharge of man or other animals.

Of all eleven rivers connected to Manila Bay, two tested positive of containing over two billion fecal coliform. These are the Balut area in Tondo and the Estero de San Antonio de Abad.

Other rivers also contain about 15 to 700 million mpn, according to the DENR.

This level is way higher than the 270 mpn target which the agency wants to achieve by December 2019.

This means that Manila Bay is severely polluted and the reason, the DENR claims, is the irresponsible waste disposal of more than 2,000 informal settlers and other establishments surrounding it and directly disposing their waste materials to the Bay.

Undersecretary Martin Diño of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) blamed the condition of Manila Bay to the negligence of heads of barangays and mayors supposedly responsible for the implementation of environmental laws.

In fact, Diño said, they are about to file charges against at least two mayors and over 100 heads of barangays in Metro Manila in the coming days.

“Ngayon ang gagawin namin sa kanila kung hindi pa rin sila mag-comply this time we will file cases against them,” Diño said.

Meanwhile, Buhay Party list Rep. Lito Atienza blamed Manila Water and Maynila as contributors to the pollution in Manila Bay.

He said the two concessionaires still failed to establishment their respective treatment plants when in fact they have been collecting 20% charge from consumers for the construction of the said facilities.

Diño wants an investigation on the matter.

“This time alamin natin kung saan napunta ang pera na iyan at ang dalawang concessionaire na ito,” Diño said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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MRT-7 contractor reopens occupied lanes on Elliptical Road

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: MRT-7 construction

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit 7 contractor, EEI Corporation, is ready to pay the P25,000 penalty charged by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for occupying two inner lanes on Elliptical Road in an effort to expand their working area during the construction of the MRT-7 tower.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that the contractor failed to inform the management regarding the measure which was why motorists were not advised about it.

This created heavy traffic in the area causing further distress among motorists.

“The problem is, bigla na lang nilang tinira, sinara without giving us notice na ipa-relay sa tao,” said Garcia.

In the statement released by the company, they promised to fix the construction site.

The contractor assured that they will pay the P25, 000 fine charged by the MMDA to resolve the traffic problem on Elliptical Road.

The MMDA has instructed the contractor to place yellow markings on other lanes to prevent motorists from shifting lanes.

“I told them to put right lane markings na paglabas ng Commonwealth. Kailangan kung nasaang lane ka hindi ka na aalis kasi kaya nagkaka-traffic yan yung palipat-lipat nagkakaroon ng sagian,” said Garcia.

All public vehicles are directed to pass through the two outer lanes near the sidewalk.

Private vehicles are only allowed to change lanes if they are heading to Quezon Avenue or Visayas Avenue.

MMDA has also ordered the opening of the Commonwealth-Philcoa U-turn slot from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.— Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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