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More firms in hot water for Manila Bay pollution

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THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), on Tuesday said it will issue cease-and-desist orders (CDOs) against five establishments, as the government continues to crack down on businesses said to be polluting Manila Bay.

The five establishments were identified as: Max’s Restaurant along U.N. Avenue; HengFeng Kitchenette at F.B. Harrison St.; Jollibee Macapagal Biopolis branch along Macapagal Blvd.; Lamer Catering at Remedios St.; and Nihonbashi Tei in Malate.

Aloha Hotel along Roxas Blvd, Sarmiti Food Corp. (Shawarma Snack Center) in Ermita, and Orix Auto Leasing Philippines Corp. along FB Harrison St. will be given ex-parte orders (EPOs).

Notice of violations (NOVs) will also be issued against 12 establishments, namely: Heritage Condominium Corp., Ma. Natividad Building, Marina Square Properties, Inc. (Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila), Cultural Center of the Philippines (Main Building), Cultural Center of the Philippines (Production Design Center), Federal Land, Inc.(The New Blue Wave) in Metropolitan Business Park, First Marbella Condominium Association, Inc., Gold Quest Premiere Resources, Inc. (The Biopolis), Harrison Lodge, Libertad Tourist Development, Inc. (Halina Lodge/Hotel), OWWA Building, and Wellcross Freight Corp.




In a letter to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina said the establishments are not conforming to Effluent Standards for Class SB.

“Based on these saturation and inspection activities in the Manila Bay area, as well as the results of laboratory analysis of the wastewater samples taken, the following establishments were found to be not conforming with the Effluent Standards for Class SB waters,” Mr. Medina said.

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.

To date, 63 establishments have already been issued violation orders so far.

In a phone interview, DENR Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda explained that cease-and-desist order means the establishment’s waste water passages will be blocked.

For those issued an ex-parte order, the establishment will be given 15 days to explain why it should not be issued a cease-and-desist order.

“Yung (notice of violation), yun yung ide-determine paano mo masosolve yung problema po at tsaka yung penalties mo (For those issued NOVs, it would still be determined how the problem will be solved, as well as the penalties),” Mr. Antiporda said. — Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio