MANILA - Local officials will face charges if they will not cooperate with the national government's efforts to bring back the polluted Manila Bay to life, a Department of the Interior and Local Government official said Monday.
The agency has already identified at least 100 barangay captains who failed to comply with local waste management standards, said DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño. He gave the village officials 2 weeks to implement the law.
"Lahat ng ni-report sa 'kin ng in-charge namin na non-compliant bibigyan namin sila ng 2 weeks. Pag walang nangyari, we will really file cases against them," he told ANC, adding that the DILG will also sue past and present mayors who will not cooperate.
Diño pointed out that local officials are responsible for the cleanliness of the Manila Bay include those outside the metro, like Region 3 and Region 4-A.
He said the DILG will also assess efforts of the National Housing Authority in relocating informal settlers living along rivers, esteros, and other tributaries connected to the Manila Bay, which have also become sources of pollution.
"Just remember, may 5,500 barangay captains. Pag nagtulungan 'yang 5 libo, kalahating milyon ang magta-trabaho para linisin [ang Manila Bay]. Kaya 'yan. Pero dapat may managot," the DILG official said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier told establishments along the Manila Bay to properly observe environmental rules or face closure, as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources begins rehabilitating the heavily polluted body of water.