DENR to Start Manila Bay Rehabilitation This Month

After Boracay's rehabilitation, the DENR sets its sights on Manila Bay.

( Strategically located around the country's capital city, Manila Bay forms a significant part of the city's identity and continues to be a popular spot for a front-row seat to Manila's gorgeous sunsets. Efforts to clean the bay's now-polluted waters have been made in the past, but none have led to significant changes. On January 27, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will kick off a rehabilitation aimed at reducing the harmful coliform bacteria found in the water, and then hopefully restore the bay to its former glory.

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has stated that they will be holding meetings to discuss in-depth plans to reduce the level of coliform bacteria from 330 million MPN per 100 milliliters back to the safe level, which is 100 MPN per 100 milliliters only.

Cimatu was reported to have conducted an ocular last week to determine the sources of waste and untreated discharge flowing into the water. The Manila Bay command center has also been established to oversee zonal operations in the coastal areas of Manila, Las Piñas, Pasay-Parañaque, and Malabon-Navotas.


The bay's cleanup follows the department's rehabilitation of Boracay in 2018, during which the island was closed to tourists for six months. A landmark Supreme Court decision in 2008 tasked government agencies, including the DENR, to clean up the bay. 

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