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Makati, Paranque back 'One Day. One Bay' clean-up drive on Saturday

MANILA, Nov. 25 — The Cities of Makati and Paranaque expressed full support to the Metrowide Waterways Clean-up Day, dubbed “One Day. One Bay,” on Saturday.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) initiated the annual coastal clean-up , which is aimed to strengthen the metro-wide campaign to restore Manila Bay, in compliance with the Mandamus promulgated by the Supreme Court last February.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay will lead city officials, barangay leaders and volunteers in the citywide clean-up drive this Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 noon, with a short program to be held at Waling-Waling St., Zone 7 of Barangay Pembo shortly before proceeding to the Taguig-Pateros River.

“We are fully supporting the ‘One Day. One Bay’ campaign of the DILG-NCR, which is in line with our ongoing efforts to contribute to the successful restoration of the quality of Manila Bay waters through regular clean-up of waterways in Makati and strict enforcement of local and national laws to prevent water pollution,” Binay said.

Department of Environmental Services (DES) officer-in-charge Lydia Donato said the event would highlight the signing of the Pledge of Commitment by Mayor Binay, in which Makati would vow to encourage communities to be responsible for the cleanliness of different rivers, creeks and waterways in the city as a way to protect the environment and the well-being of residents.

Donato said starting Friday, her office will be deploying personnel to distribute flyers and other information materials to the public.

The clean-up day is envisioned to unite all 17 local government units in Metro Manila for a common goal – to clean-up Manila Bay and restore its water quality to class B, so that it becomes fit for swimming, skin-diving and other contact recreation.

Meanwhile, upon the implementation of the Supreme Court Mandamus, the Task Force Makati Waterways has continuously implemented the cleaning and monitoring of all the creeks, river and waterways identified within the boundaries of Makati. Under their tight watch are the creeks of Taguig-Pateros Creek, San Lorenzo Creek, San Jose Creek, Sta. Clara Creek, Balisampan Creek, Pinos Creek, and Sanzibar Creek. They are also monitoring Estero Tripa de Gallina and Pasig River.

The task force, chaired by Binay, is composed of the City Council, City Administrator, Law Department, DES, Urban Development Department, Makati Health Department, Makati Social Welfare Department, Liga ng mga Barangay, Department of Engineering and Public Works/Office of the Building Official, DILG-Makati, Budget Department, Human Resource Development Office, Information and Community Relations Department, Makati Police, and the two water concessionaires, Manila Water and Maynilad.

As of September, 2,387 households and 338 commercial establishments were surveyed for the presence of hygienic septic tanks and/or waste water treatment facilities, in line with City Ordinance 2011-036 mandating the establishment of a Septage Management System in Makati. The survey is ongoing for the rest of the barangays and six villages to attain 100 percent coverage. Also in plan is the formulation of the Makati Waterways Master Plan Project and a workshop for the formulation of a Water Quality Management Plan, among others.

On the other hand, the Parañaque City government under the leadership of Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. will also join other Metro Manila LGUs in a simultaneous clean-up of waterways in their respective locales.

Bernabe said the “One Day. One Bay-Metro-wide Waterways Clean-up Day”, was part of the DILG-NCR’S “Manila Bay OK Campaign” under its Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Project.

“We are honored to take part in this activity which is in line with our own programs for preventing flooding; rehabilitating our historic Paranaque River; contributing to the effort to stop the further despoliation of the Manila Bay; and, in general protecting the environment.”, Bernabe said.

According to a DILG-NCR study, the coliform count on seawater obtained from the Luneta part of Manila Bay is estimated at 33,733,333 MPN/100ml. This is caused by waste water, animal waste, garbage and urban and agricultural runoffs.

A major source of these waste materials is the 677,684 households of informal settlers living around the waterways in the different cities in Metro Manila.

The Villanueva Creek in Barangay San Isidro will serve as the the site of the activity in Paranaque.

The Parañaque clean-up drive will be conducted by local government personnel, mainly from its Solid Waste and Environmental Sanitation Office (SWAESO) and Engineering Department; employees of the San Isidro BGU headed by Barangay Chairperson Eusebio Japlos; volunteers from the Ang Dating Daan (religious movement) and residents of said locale. Mo<The clean-up drive was coordinated by DILG Paranaque director Agnes Bandilla ,

Apart from manpower support, the city government of Parañaque will provide protective gears; cleaning implements and supplies; dump trucks and specialized equipment such as its “Spider Walking Excavator”, mini-payloaders and watercrafts.

Fire protection and medical teams will also be stationed at the clean-up site. (PNA)


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