DENR welcomes Supreme Court
Manila Bay cleanup deadline
by Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) Updated March 14, 2011
MANILA, Philippines - Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje welcomed yesterday the recent Supreme Court ruling that ordered concerned government agencies to abide by the June 30, 2011 deadline in cleaning up Manila Bay.
"I personally welcomed the move of the Supreme Court of giving the DENR, as well as the other government agencies, time frames within which we are to implement our respective tasks in cleaning up Manila Bay," he said during a cruise of Manila Bay last Friday with five Supreme Court justices led by Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The other justices who joined the Manila Bay inspection tour were Presbitero Velasco Jr., Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo and Jose Perez.
The justices and other officials boarded the MV EDSA II at the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) wharf in South Harbor, Manila and they conducted an ocular assessment of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate the bay.
The mandamus was issued in December 2008 as a result of a complaint filed by "concerned residents of Manila Bay" on the alleged inaction of government to improve the bay's condition. During the meeting, Paje directed Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO) executive director Noel Gaerlan to submit to the SC the updated Operational Plan for Manila Bay Coastal. READ MORE >>