By Ria Fernandez
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has ordered the temporary closure of Manila Zoo following the recommendation of the Office of the City Administrator and the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) “to give way for assessment and study.”
It can be recalled that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called out the management of the Manila Zoo earlier this month for being a major pollutant of Manila Bay due to lack of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).
Based on Estrada’s memorandum dated Jan. 21, 2019, Manila Zoo will be closed to public “until further notice.”
The local chief executive also directed DEPW and the Department of Public Services (DPS) to submit a program of work for the installation of STPs not only for Manila Zoo but also for other city-owned facilities.
He enjoined the whole city government to throw “full support and cooperation…to the national government” for reviving Manila Bay, which is known for its scenic sunset view.
The rehabilitation of Manila Bay will begin on Jan. 27.