The Navotas City local government has sealed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for a partnership to improve water quality in Manila Bay.
Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, DENR-National Capital Region executive director Jacqueline Caancan, and Engr. William Cuñado, DENR–Environmental Management Bureau-NCR Bureau Director and concurrent regional director, signed the memorandum of agreement (MoA).
Also among the signatories were Commodore Charlie Rances, PCG-Coast Guard District-NCR-Central Luzon Commander, and Vice Admiral Eduardo Fabricante, PCG-Maritime Safety Services Commander.
“We welcome this partnership with the DENR and the Coast Guard. Working together is always better than working alone. We are grateful that even with the pandemic, the program to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay remains a priority,” Tiangco said.
“We hope that through this initiative, we will soon realize our common goal of restoring the waters surrounding the city to a classification fit for fishing, swimming and other recreational water activities,” he added.
Under the MoA, the DENR-EMB-NCR will install water quality monitoring equipment (WQME) with buoy near the coastline of Barangay Tanza 1 to monitor the water quality of the bay.
The agency will also shoulder the cost of the monitoring equipment and installation, as well as the operating expenses of the station.
It will conduct regular inspection of the monitoring station, and share the gathered data with the other parties, if requested. A smart television monitor will be provided for this purpose.
Navotas, on the other hand, will allow the installation of the WQME station and its accessories along the coastline of the barangay, as well as the continuous operation and maintenance of the site by the DENR-EMB-NCR personnel.
The city government will also provide assistance to ensure the security of the monitoring station.