Manila Bay restos slapped with violation notices as rehab works commence

29-Jan-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Thousands of volunteers on Sunday (January 27) joined the solidarity walk supporting the Manila Bay rehabilitation effort.

The event was led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources together with various government and non-government organisations.

After a short programme, personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) proceeded with their clean-up operation along the bay where they collected a significant volume of mud and waste.

Meanwhile, the DENR has issued cease and desist orders to establishments that were reported to have violated environmental ordinances.

These establishments include Aristocrat Restaurant, Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant and One Esplanade.

According to the DENR, said establishments are required to fix their respective water treatment facilities.

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) general manager Jaime Media said, they are still allowed to operate but with repercussions.

“Pintulan ng water source para immediately wala na po silang chance na makapag pollute sa ating Manila Bay,” he explained.

Six more establishments were slapped with notices of violation due to water pollution.

They are namely Aliw Inn Hotel, SM Corporate Centre, SM prime Holdings at the MOA Complex, Lola Taba Lolo Pato Restaurant, SM prime Holdings by the ferry terminal and SMDC Residences in Pasay City.

The LLDA said that the notice of violation serves as a warning for now but may lead to full closure if the concerned establishments will continue to violate the law.

The MMDA and the DENR will gather this week all the local government units to discuss the cleanup of esteros (drainage canals) that pollute Manila Bay.

The DENR clarified that there is no time table for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay as there are various environmental aspects that need to be addressed.


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