Metro Manila (CNN Philippines February 7) – Levels of coliform, a group of harmful bacteria found in humans and animals, have declined in some parts of Manila Bay after the start of the government's rehabilitation drive.
Talking to CNN Philippines & # 39; source Wednesday, Minister of the Environment Sherwin Rigor said coliform levels at the beach area near Salas in the city of Manila have dropped from 54 million most likely figures per month. 100 milliliters (MPN / 100 ml) on January 4 to 7.9 million on January 28.
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Coliform levels have also fallen into the beach area near Remedios Street in Manila from 160 million MPN / 100 ml to 35 million MPN / 100 ml over the same period after closing the water supply to Aristocrat Restaurant, which proved to be in violation of environmental legislation.
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The waters near Manila Yacht Club have also tested lower for coliforms, beating at 92 million MPN / 100 ml from 210 million MPN / 100 ml on January 28 after the closure of the Manila Zoo.
Military Secretary Roy Cimatu said earlier that coliform levels near the Manila Yacht Club have dropped to 52 million MPN / 100 ml, while also falling in the bay area near Padre Faura from 330 million MPN / 100 ml to 7.9 million MPN / 100 ml, and from 160 million MPN / 100 ml to 35 million MPN / 100 ml near Remedios.
But officials warn that Manila Bay is still unable to swim, as these coliform levels are still several times above the safe coliform level of 200 MPN / 100 ml.
The Environmental Department plans to cut off Manila Bay from the public after an 11-year-old girl almost drowned during swimming in the bay, despite warnings against it.
Domestic and local minister spokesman Jonathan Malaya told source that people were lured into swimming in Manila Bay after seeing pictures of the purified beach in media reports.
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"For the first time we saw sand and beach. So when people saw the sand," Wow, it's a beach na, beachfront na pala, "said Rigor." They don't realize it's still hundreds of millions of coliforms on (Sic) It water. "
Rigor expects that the 178 municipal entities that include Manila Bay will also make their share in the rehabilitation of the iconic water source and not just wait for the national government to step in.
"We can start resettlement informal families without waiting for the Manila Bay rehab program. You can start inspecting businesses without waiting for [Department of Environment and Resources] so we can work together, "he said.
The Supreme Court ordered government agencies in 2008 to clean up and preserve Manila Bay.
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"In 2008, there was no political will from the government to get it done. It is only now," said Malaya.
Government eyes parts of Manila Bay to be swimming at the end of the year.