By Jel Santos
Help us clean the shores of the Manila Bay on Sunday, January 27.
This was the appeal of Metropolitan Manila Development Agency (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim to the public.
“This is a kick-off activity of our long term and massive rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the historic Manila Bay,” he said.
At 6 a.m. participants will assemble at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park for the solidarity walk to the Baywalk area.
Around 1,000 MMDA employees will join in the coastal cleanup along the bay area, from Manila Yacht Club to the US Embassy.
Aside from cleaning, the activity also intends to educate the public on the need to properly manage their garbage and avoid these from reaching Manila Bay.
According to Lim, there is a need to change the habit of people especially informal settlers, who usually dispose of their garbage at waterways which contribute to the pollution of Manila Bay.
Solid Waste Management Office personnel, meanwhile, will conduct house-to-house flyer distribution and short discussion with residents on waste segregation to minimize solid waste ending up at the Manila Bay.
“Simple segregation of garbage, when done habitually, can help rid of solid waste that goes to the estero and drainage system,” the MMDA chairman said.
Dredging works, desilting of some drainage mains, and de-clogging of drainage laterals will be simultaneously executed by personnel of the Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office.
To ensure the safety of all who will participate, first aid teams will be on standby along the Baywalk area. Four rubber boats, ambulance, fire truck, rescue van and support vehicle will also be dispatched.