DPWH starts Manila Bay dredging


With the rehabilitation of Manila Bay now in full swing, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday announced that it will dredge 225,000 metric tons of garbage and grime from Manila Bay this year as part of the harbor’s rehabilitation.

The desilting operation covers 1.5 kilometers of shoreline from the United States Embassy to Manila Yacht Club and will cover a depth of 0.8 to 1 meter as the DPWH brought 28 pieces of heavy equipment including amphibious excavators and debris segregators on the first day of dredging.

Fifty department employees were in charge of the operation while 50 to 100 dump trucks’ worth of garbage and grime are expected to be collected every day. The collected debris will be taken to the DPWH compound in Taguig City.

The Public Works department also demonstrated a sewer inspection camera which can be inserted into drainages to identify which commercial establishments directly dump waste water into public canals emptying into Manila Bay.

The government agency has allotted P1 billion for the procurement of new equipment for the operation.