In order to ensure the commitment of mayors to the “Battle of Manila Bay”, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to convene today, February 11 the 178 city and municipal mayors within the Manila Bay Watershed Area for the Local Chief Executives’ Forum on the Manila Bay Clean-up, Rehabilitation, and Preservation Program at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the forum aims to keep the local chief executives abreast on their critical roles and responsibilities in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay under the Supreme Court Mandamus.
“Local government units (LGUs) should be at the forefront of efforts to clean-up, rehabilitate, and preserve the waters of Manila Bay. They should, therefore, be more proactive in encouraging the support and cooperation of their constituents and other stakeholders to bring back the glory of Manila Bay,” Año said.
A Supreme Court (SC) decision dated 18 December 2008 and Resolution dated 15 February 2011, G.R. Nos. 171947-48 mandate the DILG and 12 other National Government Agencies to clean, rehabilitate and preserve the Manila Bay in order to prevent the continuous cycle of man-made pollution.
Meanwhile, to ensure compliance to the SC mandamus, the DILG directs all LGUs in Region III, IV-A and NCR within the Manila Bay Watershed Area to do their part in helping the government wage the so-called “Battle of Manila Bay”.
One of the highlights of the forum is the Dialogue with the Secretaries wherein the local chief executives will have an opportunity to discuss with the mandamus agency heads the problems and issues that hamper the effectiveness of their efforts in rehabilitating Manila Bay. The results of the current LGU Environmental Compliance assessment as well as Status Reporter: Informal Settler Families (ISFs) will also be tackled during the activity.
Also expected to attend the forum are the 178 City/ Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Officers (C/M ENRO) and representatives from the mandamus agencies.