Manila Bay Needs Our Help
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"Wag Maging Dayuhan Sa Sariling Bayan"
Well, I think the photo (and the title) says it all. This is Manila Bay now, Kabayan and not the usual sight I remembered it to be years ago when I was still studying in the university.
Manila Bay is a natural harbor which serves the Port of Manila (on Luzon), in the Philippines. The bay was the setting for the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 and the siege of Corregidor Island by invading Japanese forces in 1942.
Manila Bay drains approximately 17,000 km2 (6,563.7 sq mi) of watershed area, with the Pampanga River contributing about 49% of the freshwater influx. With an average depth of 17 m (55.8 ft), it is estimated to have a total volume of 28.9 billion cubic meters (28.9 cubic km).
In December 2008, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered all concerned government agencies to coordinate the clean-up, restoration, and preservation of the water quality of the Manila Bay, “a place with a proud historic past, once brimming with marine life and, for so many decades in the past, a spot for different contact recreation activities, but now a dirty and slowly dying expanse mainly because of the abject official indifference of people and institutions,” in line with the country’s development objective to attain economic growth in a manner consistent with the protection, preservation, and revival of our marine waters.
Refer to this page for more information.
Help save Mother Nature. Help save Manila Bay.
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