Manila Bay cleanup, a 'make or break' effort for Cavite coastal barangays

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Manila Bay cleanup, a 'make or break' effort for Cavite coastal barangays

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Domingo Bravo, Deputy Site Manager of the DENR's Manila Bay Coordinating Office -Site Management Office 4 (MBCO-SMO4) deputy site manager revealed that garnering the 'cleanest and greenest coastal barangay' title by any of the 11 coastal barangays of Rosario in Cavite is a 'make or break' situation to measure up efforts to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay. This he said during the program capping the observance of the International Coastal Cleanup activity held at the Isla Bonita in Rosario, Cavite last September 19.

The deputy site manager echoed Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Regional Director, concurrently site manager Reynulfo A. Juan's worry that the coastal cleanup activity, even as the Philippines has gained international acclaim for mobilizing the most people to join in the activity each year for several years now, has not improved the condition of most seas and waterways such as Manila Bay. He expressed appreciation for the active mobilization of warm bodies of the municipal and barangay local government units, and the participation of some 400 volunteers from 30 locator industries in the Cavite Economic Zone Authority (CEZA),

The deputy manager revealed that launching a contest to mobilize the communities along the Manila Bay coast to actively get involved in its rehabilitation is somewhat a last ditch effort. He observed that the Manila Bay is getting dirtier every passing day. He, however, hoped that the clean up contest will result to the barangay officials and residents themselves, will take on the responsibility, and sustain the gains (continuing the clean up and maintaining a healthy bay). He said, the contest started with the 11 coastal barangays of the municipality of Rosario. And if successful, will be launched in the other eight coastal municipalities of Cavite.

Forester Judaline Fabro, Information Officer of DENR Cavite, concurrently MBCO Cavite provincial Site Manager, said the activity was coordinated with Municipal LGU ENR Office of Rosario. Engr. Marconi Austria, Rosario MENR Officer, with instructions from Mayor Jose Ricafrente, Jr., supervised the mobilization of barangay officials and residents at the clean-up sites stretching along the Manila Bay coastline from Barangay Wawa 1, 2, and 3; Sapa 2 and 3; Muzon 1, and 2; Kanluran; Ligtong 1 and 4; and Silangan 1.
Fabro, reported that the internationally observed activity was also conducted in the coastal municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta, Tanza, Naic, Maragondon and Ternate; and Bacoor City and Cavite City.

She said Engr. Ernesto C. Cenizal, Jr,, of the Cavite Provincial Government Environment And Natural Resources Office, with instruction from Gov. Jonvic Remulla, mobilized constituents in the nine towns (including Rosario) for the cleanup activity.

DENR-Cavite, led PENRO Rolinio P. Pozas, deployed counterpart staff to the sites.

Fabro, head of the team composed of Leigh Rio Lynne Roderno, Alexandra Jane Bravio and Lea Marie Terno, and over-all-in-charge of collation of data on the cleanup, said that some 400 volunteers from 30 locator industries at the Cavite Economic Zone, and faculty and students of Cavite universities, representatives from civil society organizations, Police, Coast Guard and Army, collected a total of 350 sacks weighing about 2.5 tons. The waste collected were composed mostly of discarded clothing, rubber shoes, slippers, plastic food wrappers, diapers and parts of fishing gear.

Fabro said the theme for the 30th International Coastal Clean-up was “Be part of the global solution to stop trash from entering the ocean."