Manila Bay rehab is not mission impossible
Cleaning up and rehabilitating Manila Bay is “not an impossible mission” if citizens would do their share, according to a top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
DENR Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda said that the lack of discipline among Filipinos could be the single biggest obstacle to the success of the rehabilitation.
“Iisa lang ang nakikita naming balakid: ang kakulangan ng disiplina ng taumbayan,” Antiporda said in an interview.
“We are not only cleaning up the bay. Nililigtas natin ang isang bagay na mamamatay dahil kung hindi ay mas maraming mamamatay na tao,” he added.
In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a mandamus directing the DENR and 12 other government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay and to restore and maintain its water quality to a level fit for swimming and other contact recreation.
Antiporda lamented how the efforts of mandamus agencies to clean up the bay have not been visible or felt during the 10 years the high court directive has been in effect.
He attributed previous unsuccessful efforts to “weak coordination and collaboration among mandamus agencies.”