DENR to strictly enforce Clean Water Act in Manila Bay rehab
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the strict enforcement of Clean Water Act is one of the best solutions to rehabilitate the heavily polluted Manila Bay.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that to jump-start the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, the DENR will start the clean-up of esteros by tracing the sources of untreated wastewater.
“Establishments have to put up their own sewage treatment plants (STPs). They cannot discharge their wastewater in the esteros. We are giving them three months to put up their own STPs,” Cimatu said.
This was after he did an ocular inspection of the Estero de San Antonio de Abad in Malate, Manila where outfalls from establishments in the area discharge their wastewater.
The environment chief added the planned Manila Bay rehabilitation program will be strategic to oversee the implementation of the three-phase Manila Bay Action Plan.
Phase 1 is cleanup and improvement of water quality improvement, Phase 2 is rehabilitation, and Phase 3, protection and sustainability.
Cimatu said Phase 1 is set to begin this year. It will include the clean-up of esteros and waterways, reduction of the level of fecal coliform and toxic discharges from establishments, and provision of temporary sanitation facilities for informal settlers residing along the esteros and the Manila Bay shoreline. Solid waste management and planning for the relocation of the informal settlers will also be done.