Our waters are getting more attention
Whether we like it or not, the Boracay rehabilitation has created a greater awareness of pollution in our waters and has forced many to pay more attention to ensuring the health of these vital pillars of our ecosystem and economy. Recent discussions drew attention to protecting new tourist hubs like El Nido, Samal, and Siargao. We now talk about the health of the Mactan channel and call for the long overdue cleanup of Manila Bay. Truth be told, Manila Bay rehabilitation proposals have been put forward and money spent on studies since the 1990s, with little effect on improving it.
Tria, J. (2019, January 22). Our waters are getting more attention. Manila Bulletin, p. 9.
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