DENR goes to esteros and rivers to advance Manila Bay rehab
After its highly successful launch in January, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is taking the Manila Bay rehabilitation works down to the esteros and rivers draining into the bay with simultaneous cleanup activities on March 31.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the massive cleanup of Manila Bay tributaries on Sunday, dubbed as the “Battle for the Rivers and Esteros,” aims to involve communities and empower them in protecting their own waterways.
“We at the DENR are doing this to mobilize community participation through their barangay executives in the cleanup, rehabilitation, education and protection activities in the effort to rehabilitate the Manila Bay,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu recently led DENR officials in holding a dialogue with leaders of over
200 barangays in Metro Manila in relation to the important role they play in the rehabilitation.
The Manila Bay rehabilitation will be done in three phases: cleanup and water quality improvement; relocation and rehabilitation; and education, protection and sustainment.