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Published on Sunday, December 23, 2018

Philippines earmarks Manila Bay as next major rehabilitation project

After rehabilitating tourist island hotspot Boracay, the Philippines government is now turning its attention to the murky waters of Manila Bay.

"The next war we are going to wage is against Manila Bay," environment secretary Roy Cimatu tweeted, describing it as a 'magnified cesspool.'

The government will begin a rehabilitation programme starting next month with a goal of making the vast body of water safe for swimming again.

According to former health secretary, Dr Janette Garin, swimmers run the risk of contracting  cholera, typhoid fever and hepatitis B.

Cimatu said work will start along the bay within the Metro Manila area and will include closing down factories and oil depots pumping untreated waste into the bay.

Cimatu added that the environment department is working with other government agencies to devise a clean-up 'master plan.'


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