After 44 years of not seeing people swimming in Manila Bay, it seems like ‘deja vu’ to me last February 5, 2019 when local residents were seen strolling, taking selfie shots and enjoying the sun set with their families along the shoreline.
If I remember right, I was 7 years old when my parents took me and my younger sister to a shallow dip and walked along Manila Bay. That was a tradition of most Filipino families before during 70’s and early 80s especially during Black Saturdays and Easter Sundays.
Now in 2019, with the efforts of Duterte administration to once and for all rehabilitate the Manila Bay, some improvements were seen since the declaration of war against bay polluters and for the first time in the past 4 decades, I;ve seen again kids and adults swimming, floating and playing on Manila bay waters (even if still not safe).
Eventually, authorities strictly prohibited swimming and totally closed some portions of Manila Bay to give way to full rehabilitation. I hope people will follow and establishments along Roxas boulevard MUST comply first with the required water treatment facility and other safety requirements before allowing them to operate especially those located in reclaimed areas of Manila and Pasay cities.
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