PILAR, Bataan — About 1,000 volunteers in Bataan will join the Launching of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation on January 27 in barangay Lucanin, Mariveles town.
Dubbed as the “Battle for Manila Bay” the simultaneous coastal clean-up and mangrove planting shall likewise be held in barangay Tawiran in Obando, Bulacan; barangay Sta. Filomena in Guagua, Pampanga; Manila; and Cavite.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Head Raul Mamac said the coastal areas in Bataan are contributing to the water pollution that damages Manila Bay.
He also revealed the directive to fully rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay came from President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“We should be grateful because we have a president who is on-hands on environmental issues like Manila Bay and this is already proven in the Boracay rehabilitation,” he said.
Mamac is also urging business owners to voluntarily demolish their establishments that were illegally built along coastal areas in the province.
“We will convince business owners to voluntarily move their structures that crossed the easement zone in the beach or else the government will take over,” Mamac stressed.
He added that one resort in Morong town will voluntary demolish their structures in a bid to comply with the environmental laws set by DENR. (-PIA 3)