DENR probes Manila Bay ‘pollution’

March 30, 2020

HOTELS and establishments in the Manila Bay area are now being placed under investigation following the discoloration on the waters of the bay.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he suspected that the sudden color change from the previous dark blue to turquoise blue is caused by direct discharge of wastewater from the treatment plants of buildings and establishments in the vicinity. He did not mention the names of establishments facing the probe.

Appropriate and immediate actions will be taken against who caused the incident once the probe is completed.

Cimatu last Saturday personally led an inspection team in the baywalk area near SM Mall of Asia to check the color of the waters off the area.

The environment chief also checked the wastewater discharge at Outfall No. 3 located near SM MOA and instructed the DENR-National Capital Region and the Environment Management Bureau to conduct a joint investigation regarding the sudden color change of the waters.

Cimatu also told Undersecretary Benny Antiporda of the Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns to monitor the investigation that will be conducted by the two offices.

“We assure the public that the incident is now being investigated by the DENR to find out who is responsible for the discoloration,” Cimatu said.

Last week, a netizen uploaded a video of the historic bay with turquoise blue waters in the social media platform Facebook after noticing the change of its color.

Cimatu is chair of the Manila Bay Inter Agency Task Force tasked to clean the historic bay, a project dubbed “Battle for Manila Bay.” The Manila Bay rehabilitation is a top priority of the government until 2022.