BALANGA CITY, Bataan- Governor Abet S. Garcia and Mayor Joet Garcia led this morning thousands of students from Bataan Peninsula State University in the pledge of commitment for the protection of Manila Bay.
During the Manila Bay Day celebration at Plaza Mayor in Balanga City, Gov Garcia pointed out eight commitments to protect the vital water system that covers the east side of Bataan where the province is located.
The Garcias led the pledge to comply with all local, national and international laws for the bay’s conservation including the wildlife and reduction of pollution as part of their environment program.
According to District Engr. Reynaldo Venturina of the DPWH 2nd district, the Talisay River that traverses Balanga and Pilar town flows to the Manila Bay which needs rehabilitation and massive dredging to prvent the repetition offlash floods that hit this city recently.
Engr Venturina said that the DPWH is now addressing the flood problem in response to the appeal made by the Garcias.
Aside from Governor Garcia, and City Mayor Joet Garcia, also present were Pilar town Mayor Alice Pizarro who participated in the said program.
Meanwhile, the mangrove areas along the coastal areas of Bataan must be expanded to create a buffer zone in protection to the coastal areas.
This was the message of Fred Sadueste, head of DENR-Bataan, during yesterday’s Manila Bay Day celebration in Plaza Mayor in Balanga City.
Sadueste said Bataeños are fortunate to have a coastal management program that protects the Bataan peninsula which faces the West Philippine Sea in the west and the Manila Bay in the east.