Thousands unite in a Work Day & Community Pledge to clean up, restore the health of Manila Bay

Posted on November 27, 2011


Article, photos & APEC & Manila Bay Cleanup video by Tina Quizon,

You call watch the clean up with our coverage of President Aquino here on youtube:

Thousands gathered along the Manila Bay oceanfront with shovels, picks and strainers in hand, banding together to participate in the cleaning up & the first phase of restoring the beauty and health of Manila Bay and the water.

It’s a global example of the people and it’s communities realizing their role and responsibilty in the health of our delicate planet and water systems.

On November 18, 2011 in a press release from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), stating it was spearheading a massive campaign to involve the people of Metro Manila for the first One Day One Bay — a Metrowide Waterways Clean-up Day held on November 26, 2011, from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said the event is part of DILG-National Capital Region’s (NCR) Manila Bay OK campaign under its Manila Clean-up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Project, which aims to rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay and all waterways of Metro Manila that are interconnected to it.

“I hope that this project will ripple to a continuous concern for the environment and individual actions which will eventually lead to reaching the target for 2015 to reduce pollution by 50 percent and increase vegetative cover by 25 percent,” said the DILG Secretary.
Currently, there is an estimated coliform count of 33,733,333 MPN/100 ml in Luneta and 416,666,667 in Navotas, which came from domestic wastewater, animal wastes, garbage, and urban and agricultural runoffs. There is approximately 8,726 tons of garbage generated per day in Metro Manila, which has increased by 42 percent since 2005. Out of this number, 2,618 tons of garbage are uncollected per day.

There are also 677,684 households of informal settlers living around the waterways that are also a prime source of direct garbage. The mangrove cover of Manila Bay has also deteriorated from 54,000 in 1890 to only 425 in 2005. The fish catch has declined to 85 percent since 1970.

“If this trend continues, we can clearly imagine what may eventually happen to us. We may not notice it, but we are slowly killing ourselves here in Metro Manila. In this most urbanized zone of the country, we are generating the most toxic environment. There is an urgency to respond to this call of nature, and we will unite for this cause on One Day One Bay,” Mr. Robredo said.

Robredo said One Day One Bay 2011 is the beginning of an annual event in which the people are re-educated about their responsibilities to nature and reminded to renew their sense of ownership to their surroundings.

With the main focus being Manila Bay, other cleanup sites were stationed in local government units (LGUs) around Metro Manila, and DILG-NCR were they had invited the general public to volunteer and take part. Thousands gathered after hearing the call and not only decided to make it a working volunteer day, but also to sign a Community Pledge of individual actions and responsibilities in cleaning up and restoring the waterways and environment.

Watch our TV Show “Pathways to Paradise” on Dec. 17, 2011 with all the people, volunteers, footage & photo’s of the community coming together to clean up & take the pledge to restore the health of Manila Bay. Saturday Dec. 17 at 4:30 pm Hawaii Time at click on the livestream focus logo. Then check back after the broadcast for a link to the show.

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Photo by Tina Quizon

Link to the the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) we attended in Manila with the basic sectors considered the most vulnerable to poverty nationwide — farmers; fisherfolk; urban poor; indigenous people; formal workers and migrant workers; workers in the informal sector; women; children; youth; senior citizens; persons with disabilities; victims of disasters and calamities organizations; non-governmental organizations; and cooperatives and Philippines President Aquino

Courtesy of RTV Malacanang

In his message, President Aquino of the Philippine’s said that despite the gains made by his administration in just over a year in office, poverty still exists and remains as the government’s biggest challenge. According to the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, 5.2 million households belong to the poorest as of 2009. This is equivalent to approximately 25 million people.