METROPOILITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Atty. Benhur Abalos personally supervised the agency’s cleanup operations at Manila Bay earlier on Monday, as influx of trash was swept into the bay due to heavy rains in the past days brought by southwest monsoon.
At least 70 personnel from the MMDA Metro Parkways Clearing Group, with the assistance of personnel from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Manila City Hall were deployed to clean Manila Bay.
According to Abalos, two truckloads of garbage were collected in the area on Monday, or about 40 cubic meters. Among the trash seen from bay’s shoreline were plastic bottles, pieces of woods, styrofoam and other debris.
“Plastics are the most common trash found in Manila Bay. Undisputedly, it negatively affects the environment,” Abalos pointed out as he appealed to the public to avoid throwing discards anywhere.
“Let us start a move right now. Behavioral change among Filipinos is key to address plastic waste problem in Manila Bay. Stop the habit of indiscriminate dumping not only in Manila Bay, but also on different waterways in the metropolis,” Abalos said.
The MMDA chief also expressed gratefulness to the personnel of Department of Environment and Natural Resources and City Government of Manila for their clean-up initiatives in Manila Bay.
Meanwhile, Abalos said he has sought the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), asking help from the policemen to arrest individuals who will throw garbage in Manila Bay.
“I’ve already talked to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on this matter. Those apprehended would be obliged to clean Manila Bay,” Abalos stressed.