DPWH plans night workers for Manila Bay rehab

Published March 16, 2019, 9:51 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Philippine News Agency

MANILA — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking to carry out a night shift for workers in the ongoing clean-up campaign of Manila Bay.

Blue painted fences are seen at along Manila Bay in Roxas Bvld, Manila March 2 2019, as authorities implement strict no swimming policy in the area to make way for the clean-up. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)
(MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

DPWH-Bureau of Equipment (BOE) Director Toribio Ilao said they are finalizing the plans to have night shift or second shift workers, who will transfer trash and sand excavated from the bay to the landfill in Navotas City.

“We are just finalizing second shift from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.,” he said in an interview on Friday.

While there is no exact number of second shift workers, it definitely will be smaller than those working during the morning as the “first shift will be (responsible) for dredging and partial hauling transport,” Ilao added.

The landfill in Navotas, accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is expected to be utilized starting next week.

Currently, the silt the workers excavated from the bay is being transferred to Bicutan, Taguig City.

“The staging area will segregate trash and debris. We will bring it to the landfill in Navotas. The soil will be used as pile (panambak),” he added.

Ilao said four amphibious excavators and other heavy equipment are now strategically deployed in the area.

Early this month, the DPWH started its desilting operations to remove some 225,000 cubic meters of silt across the approximately 1.5-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay from Manila Yacht Club breakwater up to the US embassy in Manila.

 
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