DENR doubles efforts to solve ‘garbage crisis’ in M. Manila to save Manila Bay

06-Dec-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expressed dismay over what he calls a ‘garbage crisis’ in Metro Manila.

He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) efforts to clean up Manila Bay, in particular, are becoming useless because of the recurring problems of improper garbage disposals in nearby areas.

“We have started the clean up only this year, in January. After we cleaned up, we left behind a clean shoreline, one day or two days, andyan na naman (there are garbage again),” he told reporters in a chance interview Thursday (December 5).

“Meaning, hindi naso-solve ang garbage (problem is not solved) by cleaning it right in that area. We have to clean it from the source,” he added.

The Environment Secretary said they have deployed personnel to look into the source of the wastes that pollute Manila Bay.

Based on reports, the problem really starts from the residents or informal settlers living in areas surrounding Manila Bay.

“They found out that really it’s a culture and behavior problems,” Cimatu said.

The official specifically noted the San Juan River where the water is already producing putrid smell.

He noted that the solution to all the garbage problem is indeed a change in behavior among the informal settlers living in esteros.

Starting January 2020, Cimatu plans to focus on cleaning and rehabilitating the San Juan River which he noted as the most polluted river in Metro Manila.

The DENR plans to put up concrete fences that will block the informal settlers any access to the river to stop them from disposing wastes materials straight to the body of water.

The agency also plans to establish a community sewage system where waste water from all households will be collected.


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