In a bid to restore the former glory of Manila Bay, the City Government of Caloocan took part in the simultaneous clean-up activities of rivers and esteros over the weekend.
Dubbed the “Battle for Manila Bay,” the activity in Tullahan River in Barangay 164 was led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim.
Speaking in front of more than 500 volunteers, Cimatu lauded the participants’ efforts, saying: “This is the most prepared, most organized, and most attended activity.”
On behalf of Mayor Oscar Malapitan, City Administrator Oliver Hernandez welcomed the officials and volunteers and vowed to continue the city’s full support for the rehabilitation of the historic water landmark.
“The City Government of Caloocan led by our City Mayor Oscar Malapitan is in full support for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay,” CA Hernandez emphasized.
To highlight of the event, chairmen from barangays in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City signed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
It underscores the barangays’ commitment to help improve water quality, proper management of solid wastes and information and education campaigns for water quality, habitat restoration and disaster resiliency.
Volunteers then designed a mural as a sign of their continuous efforts and support to rehabilitate the Manila Bay.