Manila Bay, bay of the South China Sea extending into southwestern Luzon Island, Philippines. Almost completely landlocked, it is considered one of the world’s great harbours and has an area of 770 sq mi (2,000 sq km) with a 120-mi (190-km) circumference. Its widest diameter, from northwest to southeast, measures 36 mi. Corregidor Island, 30 mi west of Manila, divides the bay’s 11-mi-wide entrance into two channels—the seldom used South Channel and the safer, 2-mi-wide North Channel between Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Manila Bay Pollution and Jail

 Swimming in polluted waters of Manila Bay could soon land you, not just in the hospital, but in jail.
Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno said he will propose an ordinance that will effectively ban all swimming in Manila Bay.

"We need to pass an ordinance for it. If somebody does not follow it, they could go to jail.
Moreno said the city government routinely warns the public not to swim in Manila Bay because its waters are too dirty. Many residents use Manila Bay as an alternative to expensive resorts during the summer.

The vice-mayor said three large drainage pipes from Ermita, Manila regularly flushes out its contents in Manila Bay while refuse from Cavite and nearby towns also empty out near Roxas Boulevard.

Passing ships also bring more waste material to the bay's toxic waters, he added.

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