Navotas representative Toby Tiangco filed a bill for the creation of a Manila Bay Management Council (MBMC).
House Bill No. 2926 stated that the council shall supervise, manage, and control the Manila Bay and formulate a unified policy for the Manila Bay’s protection, preservation, and progress.
“The Supreme Court mandamus on Manila Bay caused local governments to administer and conserve the waters within their jurisdiction.
However, this led to the implementation of varied and inconsistent policies that affect our fisherfolk,” Tiangco lamented.
Manila Bay is bordered by coastal cities in Metro Manila—Navotas, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, and Las Piñas—and the coastal provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Cavite.
“Despite the remarkable amendments in existing laws, the perceived problem on the exercise of jurisdiction of several municipalities and cities over the Manila Bay remains unresolved,” he said.
“Through House Bill No. 2926, we seek to amend Section 16 of the Philippine Fisheries Code, giving the MBMC supervision and control of the Manila Bay,” he added.
The MBMC will be composed of the secretaries of agriculture and environment, chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the governors of Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Cavite.
“Restoring Manila Bay to its pristine state will only be feasible if all concerned government agencies and LGUs follow and implement unified rules, policies, and procedures,” Tiangco said.