According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Metro Manila is now facing a garbage crisis.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu made the announcement today, December 5, during his speech at an event of an advisory and research consultancy group.
He pointed out that Metro Manila has already surpassed its 2019 waste generation baseline of 58,112.31 cubic meters.
Cimatu spoke about the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, saying, "If we continue to act only for our independent interests, continue to spoil our water bodies, and fail to responsibly manage our wastes, we will not be able to sustain our efforts on this campaign.”
He also warned that if Filipinos do not change the way they act as an organization and as individuals, "We and the following generations will all suffer the consequences."
Cimatu also noted how the Philippines is the world's third-largest source of ocean plastic pollution, with an “estimated 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste."