Manila Zoo to be temporarily closed

Manila Zoo to be temporarily closed
Officials of the Manila Zoo earlier admitted that it does not have its own sewage treatment plant.
City of Manila Official Website

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila City government ordered Tuesday the temporary closure of Manila Zoo, which was cited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as one of  Manila Bay's "major pollutants."

News5 reported that the zoo would be closed anytime this week to facilitate the reconstruction of its sewer lines.

READ: Manila Bay rehab; DENR orders sewage treatment plants put up

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. He said he is considering the use of the Road Users’ Tax to fund the cleanup, which would follow the rehabilitation of Boracay Island.

DENR ordered facilities and establishments around Manila Bay to put up their own sewage treatment plants last January 11.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu stressed that the establishments “cannot discharge their wastewater in the esteros.”

Manila Zoo, which is run by the city government, was one of the establishments inspected by the DENR. Its officials admitted that they do not have a sewage treatment plant.

The zoo is located near Estero de San Antonio Abad in Malate, Manila, which directly drains into the Manila Bay.

READ: Integrated effort needed for Manila Bay cleanup – Roy Cimatu

Lawyer Eric Alcovendaz, Manila City government administrator, was quoted in an ABS-CBN report as saying that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is “reviewing the executive order.”

Alcovendaz added that the temporary closure might be implemented on Wednesday or Thursday. — Kristine Joy Patag with a report from News5

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