By Analou De Vera
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recognized the participation of various volunteers from government agencies and the private sector which took part in the clean-up activities in Manila Bay tributaries on Sunday.
Dubbed “Battle for the Rivers and Esteros,” the activity was part of the rehabilitation efforts in Manila Bay, at the same time, aimed at empowering communities to protect the waterways.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo- Puyat lauded Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano for leading Sunday’s activity.
“Our DOT team of 100 employees was stationed at the Estero Magdalena and joined teams from the DENR, DPWH, Barangay, National Youth Commission, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Shell Philippines, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, and Maynilad,” said Puyat in a text message sent to the Manila Bulletin.
“We look forward to greater collaboration with agencies and organizations for the full rehabilitation of Manila Bay and its tributaries,” she added.
Last January 27, the rehabilitation of Manila Bay officially started in a bid to restore it to its former glory as a historic water landmark.