"It is time for us to discipline ourselves by removing our waste in the right way and not randomly," said Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Reynaldo V. Velasco, following the recent heavy rainfall and winds that garbage from the Bay of Manila on Roxas Boulevard have been dumped.
"The collective will and the initiative to strive for an extensive rehabilitation of the Bay of Manila is not impossible, and public authorities and all sectors involved, including every citizen, should not immediately lose sight of this great challenge," he added.
The MWSS is one of the 13 government agencies that ordered the Supreme Court in 2008 to clean up Manila Bay. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was focused on directing the effort. Because the pollution in the Bay of Manila is largely due to the drainage of households flowing through rivers and streams in the bay, the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was asked to cooperate with all local authorities around the bay.
The garbage that Roxas Boulevard filled consisted mainly of plastics, but the biggest problem in the bay is the pollution caused by untreated sewage water. The MWSS, for example, encouraged the MWSS concession holders Maynilad and Manila Water to speed up their programs to set up facilities for the treatment of all waste water from their areas.
It is now 10 years ago that the Supreme Court sent the 13 government agencies to "clean up, rehabilitate and preserve the Manila Bay." The DENR would perform a vulnerability study in the bay. The MWSS has encouraged its concession holders to promote their respective plans and commitments. We would like to receive a comprehensive report from all the agencies appointed by the Supreme Court in 2008 about what each of them has achieved after all these years in relation to pollution in the Bay of Manila.
But despite all these efforts from all these government agencies, the biggest role remains that of ordinary ordinary people. There is now a global movement to reduce people's dependence on non-biodegradable plastics dumped in the oceans of the world, posing a threat to marine life and ultimately to human life through seafood.
"It is time that we learn to discipline ourselves by throwing away our waste in the right way and not randomly, and hopefully less use will be made of plastics, polystyrene and non-biodegradable materials that clog our sewers, canals and rivers, "MWSS operator Velasco said. Until we learn to do this, we will have Manila Bay to remind us of garbage along Roxas Boulevard.