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Posted by Randy Raga on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered probe after discoloration on the waters of the Manila Bay was observed last Thursday, which was first seen by a citizen and posted through social media noting of the striking ‘turquoise water’ that went viral. Based on fisheries expert, however, such discoloration occurred commonly due to pollutants discharged in the waters.

“We suspect that this sudden color change from the previous dark blue to turquoise blue is caused by the direct discharge of wastewater from the treatment plants of buildings and establishments in the vicinity,” Cimatu said in the statement, after he personally inspected the Baywalk near SM Mall of Asia (MOA) on March 28 to check the color of the waters of the bay in the area.

He also inspected Outfall No. 3 near SM MOA to check the wastewater discharged by the outfall, and instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) National Capital Region and the Environmental Management Bureau “to conduct a joint investigation on the sudden color change of Manila Bay.” He also instructed DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda “to monitor the investigation that will be conducted by the two offices.”

“We assure the public that the incident is now being investigated by the DENR to find out who is responsible for the discoloration,” said Cimatu adding that “once the investigation is completed, appropriate and immediate actions will be taken on who or what caused the incident.”

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is the head of the Manila Bay Inter Agency Task Force assigned to clean the the bay historically known as “Battle for Manila Bay”, which is part of the prioritized rehabilitation program by the government until 2022.