SGS Philippines Helps to Clean Up Manila Bay
SGS Philippines has adopted the Makati Diversion Channel as part of the government-led Adopt an Estero/Water Body Program.
This initiative aims to institutionalize good sanitation and solid waste management practices through education and participation in the management of an estero, or waterway. The program also helps ensure the unimpeded flow of water during the rainy season, reduce pollution loading to rivers and Manila Bay and institutionalize a public-private community partnership in environmental management.
A memorandum of association, which will be in place for two years, was drawn up between SGS and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Our commitment involves:
- Assisting in information and education campaigns and community mobilization activities to foster harmonious relations and solicit community participation, cooperation and support
- Mobilizing SGS employees to implement the Makati Diversion Channel Downstream Environmental Improvement Program
- Coordinating with concerned Local Government Units, related government agencies, advocacy partners and the affected community to streamline efforts
In 2018, we organized two creek cleanup projects and participated in two workshops. The first cleanup took place on March 17, to mark World Water Day, and the second event took place on September 22, to coincide with International Coastal Cleanup Day. In 2019, we plan to conduct and provide tools for at least two more creek cleanup operations and participate in workshops, forums and seminars.
The cleanup, rehabilitation and preservation of Manila Bay involves 178 cities and towns surrounding the bay in the cleanup of 47 water bodies and 4 rivers connected to the bay and a crackdown on establishments, fish pens, dump sites and ships that contribute to the bay’s pollution. The DENR estimates the whole Manila Bay rehabilitation may take 20 years and water quality may take 7 years to reach 100 mpn, which is classified as safe for recreational activities.