SM pledges "corrective action" to help in Manila Bay cleanup


Posted at Jan 28 2019 10:57 AM | Updated as of Jan 28 2019 12:37 PM

SM pledges "corrective action" to help in Manila Bay cleanup 1
Volunteers clean up waste along Manila Bay in Manila, marking the start of the area's rehabilitation on Jan. 27, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The SM group said Monday it would take "corrective actions" after some of its properties along Manila Bay were cited for violation of pollution laws.

SM said it would comply with the 5-day grace period to implement corrective measures. It said an earlier notice against one of its tenants was "immediately corrected."

"The SM Group is in full support of the Manila Bay rehabilitation program of the government," the conglomerate said in a statement.

The Manila Bay cleanup kicked off on Sunday and the Laguna Lake Development Authority issued notices of violation for releasing polluted water against Aliw Inn, SM Corporate Office, SM Prime Holdings, SM Ferry Terminal, SMDC Sea Residences, and Lola Taba Lolo Pato Seaside.

Water supply to Aristocrat Restaurant, Gloria Maris Sharksfin, and The Esplanade San Miguel was cut off after the LLDA classified these establishments as sources of "pollutive wastewater."

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier warned establishments along the bay to comply with environment regulations or face closure. The government earlier said some 40,000 families living near the bay were major contributors to pollution.