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February 5, 2019


Kapihan sa Manila Bay

Hosted by Marichu Villanueva, Columnist & Editor of the Philippine Star
Cafe Adriatico, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
February 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu


Manila Bay Clean Up

(Editor’s note: The starting time may change due to scheduling constraints.)



  • Sec Cimatu: We can’t do this alone. We will do it not only for ourselves but future generations. No just for compliance but for sense of duty. We need you to be one with us.
  • Sec Cimatu: We are about to start and close the area [beach front and swimming area] – we didn’t anticipate the influx of people that go there every day. We are closing it in preparation for the real work for rehabilitation.
  • Sec Cimatu: Before we started, the swimming area 330 million mpn per milliliter to 7.5 million mpn per milliliter [coliform]. The biggest culprit was the Manila Zoo. The ‘safe’ zone is 200 per milliliter
  • Sec Cimatu: We are taking a census of the informal settlers, where do they want to go? What are their business? Etc.
  • Sec Cimatu: There are companies that helped us in Boracay who are helping us in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation. The 45B budget will be announced by the president.
  • Sec Cimatu: There is an awakening in this rehabilitation, among the people. People on their own volition are cleaning up.
  • Sec Cimatu: The process of applying for the reclamation projects ng Manila Bay will always pass by the DENR first. The proponent must prove that they will be compliant against the environmental laws that we have.
  • Diversion drainage will take 3-6 months. Silt removal will take 1 – 3 years. Barges will be used. That’s 40 years worth of garbage. As for the return of flora and fauna, it will depend on the water.
  • Within the month, you will be seeing DPWH equipment that will start removing the silt the area [50m from the shoreline]. Our goal is to expose the natural beach materials [sand]. Hopefully the water quality will improve once it is done.
  • Sec Cimatu: We have an MOA with the PNP, Coastguard and police maritime to help us implement these endeavors.
  • Sec Cimatu: The commercial establishments inspected was 341, hotels are 38.

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