Task force similar to Boracay eyed in Manila Bay rehab

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2019 11:47 AM

MANILA - Government officials tasked to rehabilitate Manila Bay will create an inter-agency task force similar to what was created for the massive cleanup of Boracay, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Tuesday.

The Manila Bay rehab task force will have inspection, investigation, and audit teams to look into the structures surrounding the bay and its tributaries. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will remain chairman of the new task force while Año will be one of the vice-chairmen. 

Año said they would not only check on the informal settlers on the rivers and tributaries, but also factories and establishments that may be contributing the bay's worsening condition. 

He added that the task force will also review reclamation projects in Manila Bay to make sure these are complying with the country's environmental laws.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier warned hotels along the heavily-polluted bay as the rehabilitation is set to begin on January 27, Sunday.

"Di lang ISF, pati factories at negosyo na nagtatapon ng dumi diyan. Either kailangan meron silang solid waste-management system or talagang ipapasara natin 'yan," Año said.

Duterte last year ordered a massive cleanup on the Boracay Island which lasted for about 6 months. The island, one of the country's top tourist spots, reopened last October.