Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced that the local government has partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the installation of a water quality monitoring device in the Baseco beach area.
During a ceremony on Tuesday, February 9, Domagoso signed a memorandum agreement for the installation of a Water Quality Monitoring Equipment or WQME in line with the rehabilitation efforts at the Manila Bay.
According to the DENR, the device would be placed on a buoy for authorities to gather data, as well as detect and record levels of the following:
— biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), dissolved oxygen (DO), pressure, chloride, pH, temperature, optical brighteners, nitrate, fecal coliforms, refined oils, ammonium, electrical conductivity, salinity, total dissolved solids (TDS), turbidity, crude oils, colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM), and total organic carbon (TOC)
The installation of the device is only one among the plans of actions specified in the Writ of Mandamus issued by the Supreme Court (SC), which directs various government offices to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
“Today is a testament to our commitment to the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay. Both the national government and the local government stepped up the efforts to make this happen,” Domagoso said in his speech before officials of the city government and DENR.
“Now, we submit ourselves to this machine which can monitor if what we are doing is effective. Malalaman natin kung nagbunga ang ating ginagawa. Seryoso po ang gobyerno sa paglilinis ng Maynila,” he added.