As part of the observance of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day 2019, there are 20,000 people participated in the cleanup of Manila Bay yesterday, Philstar reported.
The cleanup was called as “Battle for Trash-Free Manila Bay” which aims to sustain the momentum of restoring Manila Bay to its former glory.
Undersecretary Benny Antiporda of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that participants are getting many in engaging in the cleanup drive following the campaign they launched on Manila Bay. People have realized the importance of protecting our natural resources.
“Simultaneous cleanup activities took place yesterday within the Manila Bay region and in river systems that drain into the bay,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said.
The participants are composed of employees of government agencies concerned of the cleanup, members of the academe and environmental and civic groups.
During the “Battle of Manila Bay”,the launch of the rehabilitation program last January 27, 2019, over 10,000 participated in the activity.
Activities like cleaning up the canal and bodies of water which drain into the bay are being conducted.
Moreover, the activities were carried-out in Barangay 649 in Baseco, Manila, the coastal areas of Navotas Centennial Park, and the river systems of Tullahan-Tinajeros and Marikina River, which drain into Manila Bay. Other cleanup venues were in Navotas Tanza Marine Tree Park; Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area; By the Bay Central Park in SM Mall of Asia and Gloria Maris at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, both in Pasay City; and Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
“DENR aims to reduce the fecal coliform level in Manila Bay to 100 most probable number per 100 milliliters to make its waters fit for swimming, Cimatu mentioned in the report of Philstar.
Source: 20,000 join Manila Bay cleanup