Significant milestone in the restoration and rehabilitation of Manila Bay was witnessed on January 26, 2020 with the three pronged program during the Anniversary of the Launching of Battle for Manila Bay dubbed as “Battle for Manila Bay, A Year After.”
As early as 6’oclock in the morning about ten thousand (10,000) volunteers marched to BASECO (Bataan Shipping and Engineering Company) for the Clean-up activity while Secretary Roy A. Cimatu together with the Secretaries of the Mandamus Agencies braced for the Switching Ceremony of the Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) constructed by Metropolita Manila
Development Authority (MMDA) within the property of Manila Yacht Club at Roxas Boulevard, Manila City.
Secretary Cimatu was joined by Sen. Cynthia Villar, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta and other DENR Officials during the switching of the STP at 8 o’clock in the morning of the same day. An enormous program followed at 9 o’clock at BASECO beach witnessed by the volunteers from NGOs and government employees of the mandamus agencies.
The STP shall treat wastewater from Estero Fort San Antonio de Abad draining to Manila Bay from its upstream in Pasay City. The 400 meters stretch of the creek have been adopted by De La Salle University’s Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) sometime in 2016. Establishments near the STP especially Manila Yacht Club and US Embassy shall connect to the plant for treatment of their wastewater. The STP will further help in bringing the water quality of Manila Bay into Class SB, suitable for bathing and recreation.
Other dignitaries present in the Switching Ceremony were DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan , EMB-NCR Regional Director Atty. Domingo Clemente, Jr., USEC Benny Antiporda, USEC Rodolfo Garcia and USEC Juan Miguel Cuna. Also sighted in the area were officials of Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) headed by Adelina Borja.