MARIVELES, Bataan – The 18 barangay captains and village councilors of this town are set to attend the Manila Bay rehabilitation forum, to be conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
The schedule of the forum was set following a meeting on Wednesday by the representatives of DENR Bataan and PIA with Mariveles Mayor Jesse Concepcion. JM Garcia of PIA Bataan said the forum dubbed MANILA BAYanihan Para Sa Kalinisan, to be held on Tuesday (September 22) aims to raise awareness among barangay officials in rehabilitating the Manila Bay. “Solid and liquid waste management and programs on informal settlers, among others will also be discussed”, he said.
MANILA BAYanihan Para Sa Kalinisan was hatched by the DENR and concerned local government units around Manila Bay aiming to rehabilitate and revitalize the bay. The stretch of the coasts of Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Balanga, Pilar, Orion, Limay, and Mariveles forms part of Manila Bay.
Mila Ramirez, DENR Bataan officer and focal person of Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project in the province, said they have been accelerating information campaign on Manila Bay rehabilitation program with the local officials and barangay captains of the towns in the province.
The Manila Bay rehab forum for barangay officials was already held in the towns of Balanga, Pilar, and Abucay. The forum will also be held in Samal this year. Ramirez added the bay rehab orientation in the remaining towns of Hermosa, Orani, Orion and Limay will be conducted next year.
DENR Bataan is the chair of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project in the province. Other members of the TWG include PIA, DILG, DPWH, NHA, Bataan Peninsula State University, provincial government of Bataan, and concerned local government units.
Through the leadership of Penro Raul Mamac, DENR Bataan is in full swing implementing its programs that include National Greening Program, Handog Titulo, and Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program, among others.