Apart from the photos of Manila Bay’s waters turning a bright aquamarine akin to that of Boracay’s early in quarantine, there’s not been much buzz about the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ plans for its rehabilitation.
Last year, a series of business shutdowns have been made by the agency to penalize polluters who dump sewage water directly into the bay. These included some fast food restaurants and even the Manila Zoo.
This year, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu shared plans to build three sewage treatment plants (STP) on top of the first one unveiled last week along Roxas Boulevard (which can treat 500,000 liters of waste water daily)—all powered by solar energy.
These STPs will be installed at major river systems that drain into Manila Bay, namely the Tullahan-Tinajeros River, the Las Piñas-Zapote River and the Libertad outfall in Parañaque River.
Cimatu said these planned projects are “a big step forward to making Manila Bay safe again for swimming, bathing, boating, fishing and other forms of contact recreation.”
Treated water from these plants will be used to water plants along Roxas Boulevard, supply water to solar-powered toilets to be built at the baywalk and to fill fire trucks in the cities of Pasay and Manila.
Header photo courtesy of DENR Facebook
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Writer: CHRISTIAN SAN JOSE