LLDA calls out 20 more restaurants for polluting Manila Bay
A total of 20 more establishments in the cities of Pasay and Manila, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) building, have been cited by the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) for improper disposal of their wastewater into the Manila Bay.
The latest LLDA issuances for violation of Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 consisted of 5 cease and desist orders (CDOs), 12 notices of violations (NOVs) and 3 ex-parte orders (EPOs).
Those issued with CDOs are Jollibee Foods Corp. on Macapagal Blvd, Pasay; Heng Feng Kitchenette on F.B. Harrison St. in Pasay; Max’s Restaurant in Ermita, Manila; and Lamer Catering and Nihon Bashitei Japanese Food, both in Malate, Manila.
The five joined the 11 other firms that were earlier slapped with the same order as a result of LLDA’s crackdown on erring establishments in connection with the massive government effort to rehabilitate the heavily polluted Manila Bay.
In a report to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina said the latest round of issuances was based on the results of inspections conducted and laboratory analysis of the wastewater samples taken as of last January 31.
Medina said the wastewater discharges of these erring establishments were found not conforming with the effluent standards for Class “SB” waters or safe for recreational activities such as swimming.