MANILA - The Asian Development Bank supports the government's move to rehabilitate the Manila Bay saying this was important to making the city more livable amid rapid urbanization.
ADB President Takehiko Nakao said on Monday that pollution was an important issue which needed to be addressed as it impacts people's happiness and health.
Nakao said that besides raising people's incomes through economic growth, the multilateral lender was also concerned about issues of "happiness" and "wellness".
"A clean Manila Bay is good for the health and wellness of the people," Nakao said in an interview with ANC's The Boss.
The ADB chief added that cleaning up Manila Bay will attract more tourists and visitors to the country.
"Sunset in Manila Bay is regarded as one of 3 [most] beautiful sunsets and it is in a sense damaged by pollution in Manila Bay which is very sad," Nakao said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched a campaign to clean up Manila Bay last Jan. 27 with the aim to make parts of the bay fit for swimming by reducing fecal coliform levels in its waters.
The DENR said at least P47 billion was needed to completely rehabilitate the polluted bay.