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Sen. Villar wants serious clean-up of Manila Bay

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  • Greg R.
  • 3 years ago

ORANI, Bataan – Sen. Cynthia Villar urged on Tuesday various government agencies led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to seriously implement a Supreme Court mandamus to clean up Manila Bay.
Villar motored to Barangay Balut in Orani town to lead the coastal clean up event in the fishing municipality with Bataan Gov. Abet Garcia, Vice Gov. Cris Garcia and town officials led by Mayor Efren Pascual, Jr. and students of various schools.
The lady senator pointed out in her speech that Manila Bay is a source of livelihood for 1.5 million fisher folks in the country and “if we continue polluting it with plastic materials, chances are that in 2050 the fishermen will no longer find fish in the ocean but plastic.”
Villar said Manila Bay is five times dirtier today than before because of garbage bulk of which are from nearby towns. “We are now investigating the plastic producers that pollute Manila Bay,” she said.
She pointed out that of 192 countries found to be known for polluting the ocean, the Philippines had been listed No. 3. “It is important that you clean your municipal waters.”
Villar who had been tasked to oversee the implementation of SC Mandamus to clean up Manila Bay cited a United Nations draft resolution last December that 8 million tons of plastic wastes are dumped in the ocean.

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