For the nth time, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is reminding the public, especially Manileños, not to swim in the polluted waters of Manila Bay.
Instead, Estrada said Manileños can use the city government’s well-maintained public swimming pools free of charge.
Estrada said he has recently been briefed by the Manila Health Department (MHD) about the water quality in the Manila Bay: as in the past years, the bay still has a high amount of coliform or bacteria found in the feces of warm-blooded animals.
Garbage and toxic chemicals in the bay may also cause rashes and other skin infections and in worse cases—dysentery, diarrhea and viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, he added.
Estrada said three large drainage pipes from Ermita regularly flushes out its contents in Manila Bay while refuse from Cavite and nearby towns and cities also empty out near Roxas Boulevard.
Despite an existing city ordinance banning swimming in any part of Manila Bay, many residents continue to swim in its polluted waters as the summer season approaches.
MHD chief Dr. Benjamin Yson encouraged the public to go instead to the five public swimming pools opened by the city government that can be used for free.