Witnessing a milestone of a huge and key rehabilitation project of the government, the Laguna Lake Development Authority joined the celebration of the 1st anniversary of the Battle for Manila Bay as LLDA employees took part in the clean up drive in Baseco Beach on Sunday, January 26.

A year after its implementation, substantial strides could be seen in the landscapes of Manila Bay as the united actions fuelled by the hardwork and determination of everyone, for a better and cleaner Manila Bay, resulted to the drastic decrease in fecal coliform levels and to shores that have visible decrease in garbage content.

This development spells for a bright future not just for Manila Bay but for the environment’s condition in the whole country, as this movement was able to unite not just the three branches of the government— legislative, executive, and judiciary, but as well as the private sector and individuals, making them all involved in this ambitious endeavor of restoring Manila Bay to its former glory.

Heads from the mandamus agencies responsible for cleaning up Manila Bay were present during the main program and they were hopeful for Manila Bay’s future as a prospect top tourist destination in the country, which could translate to the boosting of economy through launching of establishments and creation of jobs for the locals in the area.

GM Medina was also present during the inauguration of the Manila Bay Sewage Inceptor Treatment Plant, which is located in front of the Manila Yacht Club; a facility capable of treating up to 500,000 liters of wastewater per day to ensure that no untreated wastewater flows into the bay.

Moreover, the private sector also showed their commitment to DENR’s fight against single-use plastic and other forms of waste, and to “reduce the country’s waste footprint” as the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) member-establishments signed the pledge “Ambition 2030: Zero Waste to Nature”.

Additionally, DENR launched the Solid Waste Management Advocacy Program, with the introduction of Pinas: the Basura Buster (PBB), as the face of DENR in its waste management movement.

As initially planned in the mascot design contest on 2018 that brought forth the look of Pinas, he will be the face  of the Solid Waste Management Advocacy Campaign of the department. This campaign aims to increase people’s awareness, especially of the youth, on waste segregation, garbage reduction, and generate money from waste.

Among the attendees were Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, Court of Appeals Justice Fernanda Lampas-Peralta , Sen. Cynthia Villar, DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu, DA Sec. William Dar, DOT Undersecretary Rica Bueno, DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III, Philippine National Police-Maritime Agency General Arwin Pagkalinawan, Philippine Coast Guard Rear Admiral George Ursabia, MMDA Chairman Danny Lim, and Bureau of Soils and Water Management Director Sonia Salviero.

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