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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dirty Manila Bay

Militant fisherfolk group Pamalakaya called on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorty (MMDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to account the P1.6 billion fund for the clean up of Manila Bay last year.

Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said while the budget was approved during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it was up for disbursement during the first year of the Aquino administration.

“President Aquino, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), including the DENR and MMDA should explain to the public how the P 1.6 B fund was spent,” France said.

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