An inter-agency task force similar to that created for the massive cleanup of Boracay. will be created to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said the proposed task force will have inspection, investigation and audit teams to look into the structures surrounding Manila bay and its tributaries.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu will remain chairman of the new task force while Año will be one of the vice-chairmen.
The DILG secretary said they would not only check on the informal settlers on the rivers and tributaries, but also factories and establishments that may be contributing to the bay’s worsening condition.
“The task force will also review reclamation projects in Manila Bay to make sure they are complying with the country’s environmental laws,” Año said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier warned hotels along the heavily-polluted bay to follow environmental laws so as not to jeopardize the rehabilitation set to begin on 27 January.
Duterte last year ordered a massive cleanup of Boracay Island which lasted for about six months. The island, one of the country’s top tourist spots, reopened last October.