Villar Foundation together with the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) or DZRH lead the Cleanup drive project in Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat & Eco-Tourism Area or LPPCHEA, off Manila Bay last August 25, 2012.
The Manila Bay Cleanup drive was joined by Villar Foundation’s Managing Director, Cynthia Villar together with at least 1,000 volunteers from barangays, school, socio-civic organizations, NGOs, advocacy group, private individuals and friends from the MBC or DZRH..
“We have always been concerned about the condition of the Manila Bay. The recent typhoons have shown all of us the bay’s decaying state due to people’s indiscriminate throwing and dumping of garbage there. Regular cleanup drives such as this are always a good idea,” said Villar.
You know what guys! During the recent typhoon Gener, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), at least 200 truckloads or over 500 tons of garbage, washed away to shore by the storm surge, was collected around the Manila Bay area. Yes! you read it right! That’s the amt. of garbage they collected after the typhoon. It took weeks to completely collect the big piles of garbage.
The clean up project along the coastline of Manila Bay from Navotas to Bacoor, Cavite is to help promote any and all efforts in relation to the promotion of sustainable ecosystem of Manila Bay.
Just also to inform you guys that Villar Foundation is doing the cleanup drive weekly.
Based on the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed by Villar Foundation and Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) or DZRH, both parties agree that this was a joint cooperative undertaking, but more importantly, it is a major public service activity that shall help contribute to the promotion of a livable, healthier and ecological sustainable Manila Bay.
Villar has been vocal about her strong support for the protection of Manila Bay. To recall on March 16 this year, she filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan against a Manila Bay reclamation project that is seen to cause catastrophic flooding in the area. The Supreme Court granted her petition and issued a writ of kalikasan in April.
“We will continue to support campaigns or drives to protect Manila Bay and neighboring areas including LPPCHEA. At the same, time, we will continue to oppose projects that will cause damage and destruction to the bay and nearby cities,” cited Villar.
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