The Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project referred to the “Battle For Manila Bay”, was initially ordered by the Supreme Court in 2008 after a group of people calling themselves “Concerned Residents of Manila Bay” filed a case against government agencies in 1999, according to Interaksyon. But for the following years, no results were obtained.
Many years have passed, Manila Bay seems left abandoned and considered as one of the dirtiest bays both in the country and in the world. The shoreline is covered with disgusting piles of garbages and its decaying smell affects the environment and the health of the people.
The Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project was joined by 5,000 volunteers such as employees, students, and civic organizations helped cleaning the area. According to DENR, there are about 40,000 families living near the bay were major contributors to pollution. The rehabilitation was scheduled last December 2018 President Rodrigo Duterte warned businesses in the vicinity to comply with environmental regulations or face closure.
This clean-up intitiative was authored by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and various government agencies were ordered immediately oversee the rehabilitation as stated in a Supreme Court order written in 2008. Agencies involved are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Departments of Education, Health, Agriculture, Public Works and Highways and Budget and Management.
The Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine National Police Maritime Group, the Philippine Ports Authority and the Department of the Interior and Local Government are also among others.
Many netizens praised the result of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project and admired the new face of Manila Bay.
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