The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created the Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force (MBAPTF) via Special Order (SO) No.2021-17, the Manila Bulletin learned Friday.
“In the interest of service and in order to expedite the rehabilitation and restoration of the coastal and marine ecosystem of the Manila Bay…the Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force (MBAPTF) is hereby created,” read the document, which DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu signed last January 26.
The MBAPTF shall be headed by the Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns (SWMLGUC), a position currently held by Benny Antiporda.
Antiporda shall have the authority to call upon the assistance of other DENR offices including bureaus and attached agencies for the effective implementation of SO No.2021-17.
The creation of the task force is meant to “ensure compliance with the mandate given by the Office of the President to the DENR, pursuant to Administrative Order No.16.”