On January 27, 2019, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu officially declared the start of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation at the Baywalk in Manila. On hand to witness the declaration, and also joined in the earlier event of Solidarity Walk from the Quirino Grandstand to the staging area (Baywalk), were about 5,000 individuals, mostly representing the 13 mandamus agencies, local government units and private sector.
Calling it the “Battle for Manila Bay,” Cimatu, a former Armed Forces chief, said: “This is one battle that will be won not with force or arms, but with the firm resolve to bring Manila Bay back to life. With the commitment and determination of every Filipino to do his share in the rehabilitation effort, we have already won the Battle for Manila Bay.”

Manila Bay Rehabilitation has three phases, 1.) Cleanup/ Water Quality Improvement; 2.) Rehabilitation and Resettlement; and 3.) Education and Sustainment.

ELEVEN (11) RIVER OUTFALL DRAINING TO MANILA BAY

LIST OF ESTABLISHMENTS FOR ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF VIOLATION, EX-PARTE ORDER AND CEASE AND DESIST ORDER 

A. FOR ISSUANCE OF A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER (CDO)
1. Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant
2. The Esplanade (San Miguel by the Bay)
3. Aristocrat Restaurant – Roxas Food Ventures. Inc.
4. E Universe Entertainment & KTV Bar

B. FOR ISSUANCE OF AN EX-PARTE ORDER
1. Star Parks Inc. (Star City)

C. FOR ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF VIOLATION (Water pollution case)
1. SM Investment Corporation – SM Corporate Offices
2. Aliw Inn – Pasay
3. SM Prime Holdings, Inc. – SM Mall of Asia
4. SM Development Corporation – Sea Residences
5. Lola Taba Lolo Pato sa Seaside Commercial Spaces
6. SM Prime Holdings Inc. – SM Ferry Terminal

CONCEPT OF OPERATION
□ Create 4 Technical Working Groups/Committees (along 4 Key Result Areas):
● Cleanup/ Water Quality Improvement
● Rehabilitation and Resettlement
● Sustainment and Enforcement
● Communication (and Mobilization)

□ Organize 3 Task Groups:
▪ Task Group NCR
▪ Task Group Region III
▪ Task Group Region IVA

□ Task Unit: Per River & Tributaries or Territorial Areas
to be covered (ex. Task Unit-Pasig River; Task Unit-Manila;
as appropriate)

□ Functional Task Units

Manila Bay area covers eight (8) provinces and 178 local government units in three regions namely: National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, and Region IV-A. Of the eight provinces, four are coastal (Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, and Pampanga); four are non-coastal (Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, and Tarlac). Its drainage area covers 1,994 km2 or 199,400 hectares. Its coastline measures some 190 kilometers. And has 17 principal river systems draining to Manila Bay namely: Angat River, Bocaue River, Sta. Maria River, Marilao River, Meycauayan River, Meycauayan-Valenzuela River, Pasig River, Parañaque River, Imus River, Ylang-ylang River, Rio Grande, Cañas River, Obando River, Navotas-Malabon-Tinajeros-Tullahan River, Talisay River, Guagua River, and Pampanga River.

SC MANDAMUS ON MANILA BAY
On December 18, 2016, the Supreme Court issued SC Mandamus on Manila Bay (G.R. 171947-48) directing 13 government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve the Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its water to SB level to make them fit for swimming, skin diving, and other forms of contact recreation.

The Mandamus orders the dismantling and removal of illegal structures along the waterways (Pasig-Marikina-San Juan Rivers; NCR [Parañaque-Zapote, Las Piñas] Rivers; Navotas-Malabon-Tullahan-Tinajeros and connecting waterways and esteros in Metro Manila; Rivers in Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite and Laguna de Bay and other rivers connecting waterways and esteros that discharge wastewater into Manila Bay.

OTHER FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT MANILA BAY
● Only 15% (2.4M/16.3M) of the water-served population in the NCR are connected to a sewerage system and about 3.84% (187,000/4,863,938) of water served population outside the NCR are provided with sanitation services;
● Almost 233,000 informal settler families (ISFs) are residing along the waterways of the Manila Bay area, directly discharging their wastes to the water;

13 MANDAMUS AGENCIES
1. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
2. Department of the Interior and Local Government (dilg)
3. Department of Education (DepEd)
4. Department of Health (DOH)
5. Department of Agriculture (DA)
6. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
7. Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
8. Philippine Coast Guard
9. Philippine National Police Maritine Group (PNP-MG)
10. Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)
11. Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewage System (MWSS)
12. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
13. Local Water Utilities Administration

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