PILAR, Bataan – DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited Bataan on Tuesday to monitor the implementation of the Battle of Manila Bay program.
Accompanied by Regional Director Paquito Moreno and PENRO Raul Mamac, he inspected the coastline of Barangay Sisiman, Mariveles. Other local environment officers also joined.
Cimatu declared 3 sitios and Agwawan beach in Sisiman as “free for swimming”.
Environment officials said fecal coliform level in the area significantly dropped to less than 10 most probable number (mpn). The normal coliform level is 100 mpn and below. Cimatu commended PENRO and Mariveles local government’s effort to rehabilitate the waters in Sisiman.
Piggeries and sewers that were dumping wastes in the coastal water have already been removed.
Mamac had led DENR workers, barangay personnel, and volunteers in the successive cleanup of Lucanin coastline.
Mariveles Vice Mayor Lito Rubia and other local officials also joined Cimatu in the coastline inspection.
Bataan has the 77.79-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay shores from Hermosa to Mariveles.