Unity key to Manila Bay clean-up efforts

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino emphasized that the daunting challenge posed by the Manila Bay clean-up could be hurled by unity and strong political will.

Speaking before thousands of officials, private sector representatives and environmentalists who converged at the SM City Amphitheater after cause walk celebrating Manila Bay Day here, Tolentino -- who chairs the Provincial Board’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources -- said that restoring Manila Bay to its “old splendor” calls for collective action which should not be overlooked.

Even the Supreme Court calling for its immediate rehabilitation, he said, is already a "judicial milestone."

"Perhaps, you will agree with me that the decision promulgated by the Supreme Court on December 18, 2008 ordering the immediate rehabilitation and clean-up of Manila Bay is a milestone in its judicial history for it aims to restore Manila Bay to its very splendor form. The decision not only addresses environmental pollution which causes climate change, but it also points out that Manila Bay is a place with a proud historic past, once brimming with marine life and a favorite spot for recreation," added Tolentino.

The challenge of the next five years in the Manila Bay mandamus, he told Sun.Star Pampanga, is daunting and could only be hurled if stakeholders join hands and pool in resources.

"The tasks ahead of us appear daunting as they may be, and only be accomplished should one and all act as one and make their efforts collective to ensure the success of the undertaking," added Tolentino.

The importance of Manila Bay as a sea resource, playground and historical landmark, he noted, cannot be overemphasized.

“It is not yet too late in the day to restore Manila Bay to its former splendor and bring back the plants and sea life that once thrived ion its blue waters,” concluded Tolentino.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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