Barangay leaders to play special’roles in Manila Bay rehab

March 18, 2019

Leaders of barangays surrounding Manila Bay must serve as “elite special forces”  in the ongoing effort to bring the heavily polluted bay back to its former glory. 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu told the more than 300 barangay leaders in Metro Manila during yesterday’s dialogue that the government is relying on them whose support and commitment are vital in ensuring the success of the rehabilitation, given their proximity to nine critical rivers that need to be cleaned as part of the restoration effort.

“The barangay leaders and members who are here today could be considered special forces in this endeavor,” Cimatu said during the dialogue. 

“As much as you are the ones nearest to the rivers or the battle areas, you are also the ones closest to the people who are possible enemies or violators. Influence them to stop their bad practices of dumping garbage anywhere, and ask them to join you as volunteers in your cleaning campaign drive,” Cimatu added. 

He stressed that the mission of the barangay leaders is special saying “Kaya isa kayo sa mga elite forces ng Manila Bay rehabilitation. Consider yourselves as the first line of defense.”

The dialogue aimed to remind the barangay executives of their role in the rehabilitation effort, as well as their responsibility in cleaning up rivers that empty into Manila Bay.

It was attended by leaders of barangays surrounding the river systems of Pasig-Marikina-San Juan, Muntinlupa-Parañaque-Las Piñas-Zapote, and Malabon-Tullahan-Tenejeros, as well as barangay executives from Pasay City and Navotas.

Cimatu said barangay leaders should be “vigilant” regarding issues concerning the rivers within their areas of jurisdiction.