MORE establishments near Manila Bay have been cited for violations of pollution laws, according to authorities.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), issued cease and desist orders against Makchang Korean Restaurant in Manila; Legend Seafood Restaurant in Pasay; and NetWorld Hotel in Pasay.
The establishments were cited for failing to have proper waste water treatment facilities, as the government continues its efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
Ex-parte orders were also issued against San Andres Public Market in Manila; Malate Royale Development Corp — Malate Crown Plaza Condominium in Manila; Center for International Trade Exposition Center in Pasay; The Metroescapes Corporation — Seascape Village in Pasay; Antel Seaview Towers Condominium in Pasay.
Nine establishments meanwhile were given notice of violations, namely Harbour View Square in Manila; China Oceanis Inc Phils — Manila Ocean Park in Manila; SM Development Corporation Breeze Residences in Pasay; Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay; Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay; Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay; Carwash by Benjas in Pasay; Sogo Hotel along Roxas Blvd, Pasay; and Harrison Mansion in Pasay.
“Based on the recent saturation activities of LLDA in the Manila Bay area, as well as the results of laboratory analysis of water samples taken, the following establishments were found to be not conforming with the effluent standards for class ‘SB’ waters,” the LLDA said in a statement.
The saturation activities recorded were as of Jan. 24, 2019.
The DENR classifies SB waters into three categories: Fishery Water Class I which means the water is suitable for commercial propagation of shellfish and intended as spawning areas for milkfish (Chanos chanos) and similar species; Tourist Zones which means it is safe for ecotourism and recreational activities; and Recreational Water Class I which means it is intended for primary recreation such as bathing, swimming, skin diving, etc. — Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio