By Erma Edera
Hundreds of promenaders returned to the Manila Bay after orange barriers meant to keep people from swimming and littering in the area were removed early Sunday morning.
The grill fence along US Embassy area has also been taken down by authorities, allowing people easy access to the beach area.
While there was no immediate reason why the orange barriers were removed, Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Benny Antiporda bared that a “new barrier will soon” be installed along the area’s seawall.
Meanwhile, the other parts of the Baywalk where there is no beach or shore will still be fenced off.
The Manila Police District (MPD) also deployed around 50 manned e-motorcycles to police to tighten security along the Manila Bay on Friday.
MPD chief Vicente Danao Jr. also said that they deployed 15 to 20 members of the Manila Police around the vicinity of the Manila Bay to make sure that no one would go beyond the barricade and attempt to swim in the still heavily-polluted bay.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) assigned a “no swimming zone” as recreational swimming remains harmful to humans due to the high coliform content in Manila Bay’s waters.
Authorities have installed orange barriers at the baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard to bar people from swimming in Manila Bay on February 6. The barriers were placed three meters away from the concrete breakwater at the seaside as directed by the Manila Bay Inter-Agency Task Force during a site inspection.