Manila Bay Clean Up
Manila Bay has always been part of every Manileno or Manilena’s everyday life. Growing up in Manila had its perks, Luneta for a playground and Manila Bay as a free swimming place. It used to be clean believe it or not. Back in the 80’s, people still come in droves with their picnic tables and swim gears. Since I couldn’t swim yet and I was too terrified of the open sea, all I ever did was do “tampisaw” with my legs and scare the "sea ipis" away. Sea ipis are those really disgusting black roaches who thrived on the rocks and crevices of the bay. I was also able to see occasional crabs and jellyfishes, Manila Bay was clean and a welcome respite from the stressful city. For me, I treasured this bonding moment with my father. Every weekend we’d go to the bay and just hang out.
Fast forward to 2012, Manila Bay had so much trash it had to throw back to the streets of Roxas Boulevard. After the storm surge, MMDA gets about 800 tons of trash or about 30 truckloads per day! According to Mayor Lim, garbage comes from the coastal areas not just in Manila but the surrounding provinces near the bay.
Last August 25, the Manila Bay SUNSET Partnership program headed by Landbank of the Phils. organized a Clean Up drive near the U.S. Embassy, where so much garbage has piled up. Government agencies, military, universities and commercial establishments all joined forces and took part in this great cause. This partnership program includes Manila Ocean Park, Manila Broadcasting Company and others.
September 15 is International Coastal Clean Up Day -there are other clean up campaigns within the country. I hope you guys can take part in the campaign. If you don’t have the time or the means to join, you can just promise to throw trash properly and inform other people, your family and your friends.
Let’s help save Manila Bay!