After issuing cease and desist orders to private establishments over the absence of sewage and facilities, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is now turning its attention to government offices that are guilty of dumping waste materials into Manila Bay, said DENR Anti-Corruption Office Asec. Daniel Nicer.
The DENR will be looking at establishments surrounding Estero de San Antonio Abad which include Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Estero de San Antonio Abad directly drains into Manila Bay and has recorded 1.3 billion most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters of fecal coliform content. These are bacteria found in human and animal feces as well as in decomposing organic materials.
The DENR is currently studying what actions to take concerning government establishments that violate regulations on the proper disposal of waste water. — Grace Casin