Eleazar says bars bar dippers

Bathing not allowed Scenes like this will not be seen again for a time being unless the water of Manila Bay is declared clean and safe by authorities. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar yesterday said the barricade they installed along the walk area of Manila Bay was designed to prevent people from taking a dip in what he described as still polluted water.

Eleazar added while most of the garbage were cleaned up, Manila Bay remains polluted and not conducive to swimming.

“We put up barricades for the sole purpose of preventing people to swim in Manila Bay,” Eleazar said.

“We did it despite the fact that there are already ordinances which state that swimming in Manila Bay is prohibited,” he added.

This follows after some queries regarding the police actions to put up barricades weeks after the relatively clean Manila Bay had drawn in hordes of people to enjoy the clean surroundings, with some even taking a bath in the murky water.

Manila Bay which underwent a two-day clean-up recently has been transformed dramatically, drawing attention from residents and visitors who wanted to enjoy its clean surroundings and to watch its fabled sunset.

Eleazar clarified the barricade is railing type and people can still enjoy the sight at the “new” Manila Bay.

He said the barricade could also deter dumping of garbage on the shoreline by visitors, thus cleanliness in the area would be maintained.

Meanwhile, at least 17 more establishments were cited for violation of pollution laws, as the massive government-led clean-up of the area continued.

Cease and desist orders were served on Makchang Korean Restaurant, Legend Seafood Restaurant and Networld Hotel all in Pasay City.

Laguna Lake Development Authority general manager Joey Medina, said notices of violation will also be issued against Harbor View Square, China Oceanis Inc. Philippines and Manila Ocean Park.

Also, to be served with notices of violation are SM’s Breeze Residences, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Philippine International Convention Center, Midas Hotel and Casino, Carwash by Benjas, Sogo Hotel and Harrison Mansion.

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