As part of the commitment of the government to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to SB level in line with the writ of continuing mandamus set by the Supreme Court (SC), the 13 mandamus agencies, under the supervision of the MBCO, reviewed and updated the already-elapsed Operational Plan for the Manila Bay Coastal Strategy (OPMBCS) 2011-2015. The new OPMBCS which covers the period 2017 to 2022 is set to be in full effect once the green light is given by the SC.
Series of workshops and focused group discussions (FGDs) to craft the updated OPMBCS following the Logical Framework Approach were conducted in October 2016 and March 2017. Agencies who serve as chairs for the four (4) thematic clusters also organized their respective cluster meetings to further discuss, review and amend the outputs produced in the plenary workshops. The chairs of the thematic clusters are the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for solid waste and informal setter families (ISF) and illegal structures management clusters; the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for liquid waste management cluster; and the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) for habitat and resources management cluster.
Reconfirmation meetings were also held on March 22 and 28 of this year for the agencies’ final affirmation of the commitments contained in the draft 2017-2022 OPMBCS. The former was attended by representatives of all concerned DENR offices and the latter attended by representatives of the mandamus agencies.