A year after its rehabilitation has started in 2019, Manila Bay’s water quality has finally improved according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Data from the department's Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) showed that coliform levels at the major outfalls draining into the body of water have "drastically decreased."
"There is a reason to celebrate because a year after we launched the 'Battle for Manila Bay,' we have recorded significant improvements in the water quality from major drainage outfalls," shared DENR Secretary and chair of Manila Bay Task Force Roy Cimatu.
Last year, over 10,000 volunteers participated in the major cleanup activity of the bay. The government has allocated P42.95 billion for the rehabilitation project and has signed the participation of 13 government agencies during the three-year run of the campaign. The government aims to solve the source of water pollution and restore and maintain the historic bay to a level that is fit for swimming.
Cimatu, however, said that there is more to be done to reach this target. In a press release by DENR, he explained that the standard fecal coliform level in the bay is still at 100 mpn/100 ml based on its classification as a "Class SB" coastal and marine water.
The DENR will also be working closely with other agencies from the private sector as part of its plans for the campaign.
Watch the highlight video of DENR's Battle for Manila Bay campaign here:
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