Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Benny Antiporda gave a stern warning to habitual polluters of Manila Bay on the heels of his designation as head of the new Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force (MBAPTF).
“‘Shape up or ship out’–my message for business establishments that violate our environmental laws. We will deal with you head on,” he told reporters.
Special Order (SO) No.2021-17, which effected the creation of the MBAPTF along with Antiporda’s new function, was issued only last January 26. He said the task force is “long overdue.”
The DENR official clarified that he won’t be in charge of all things that have to do with Manila Bay; rather, only go after the polluters who worsen the situation at Manila Bay.
Antiporda personally described them as “pasaway na polluters (disobedient people who pollute).”
Antiporda concurrently holds the position of Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns chief.
The formation of the task force is in line with Administrative Order No.16. Issued in February 2019, the Palace order seeks to “expedite the rehabilitation and restoration of the coastal and marine ecosystem of the Manila Bay.”