IN PHOTOS: After massive cleanup, here’s how Manila Bay looks now

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2019 10:37 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2019 11:44 PM

Photos of a more pleasant, less toxic-looking Manila Bay coastline along Roxas Boulevard have been circulating online, as netizens applauded the result of a massive weekend cleanup drive.

Here are some photos of the bay: 

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

It's a beautiful bay: Manila's famous body of water has become more picturesque, the result of a cleanup drive along the Roxas Boulevard coastline on Sunday. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

Participants during Sunday's activity collected tons of garbage in the area, consequently improving the surroundings.

The rehabilitation of the bay was set after President Rodrigo Duterte warned businesses in the vicinity to comply with environment regulations or face closure.

Results of a water sampling showed that the bay's average fecal coliform level was at 330 million most probable number (mpn), 3.3 million times above the standard 100 mpn that is ideal for swimming.

The DENR said about 40,000 families living near the bay were major contributors to pollution.