For business establishments in the Manila Bay area that do not comply with environmental laws, Malacañang will not have a slowdown in its crackdown towards with as described by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo yesterday.
“It is not for us to wait until the problem of Manila Bay gets worse. After all, if they are non-compliant, they are the ones who created the mess themselves,” Panelo stated.
Panelo was responding to the call of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the government to see due process in dealing with business establishments that have not complied with the Building Code, Sanitation Code and related laws.
The PCCI has voiced support for President Duterte’s order to rehabilitate Manila Bay but also asked for more flexibility for businesses to prosper.
Duterte issued Administrative Order 16 the previous month, which calls for the rehabilitation and restoration of the coastal and marine ecosystem of Manila Bay.
The order also created the Manila Bay Task Force to enforce environmental laws and expedite rehabilitation efforts.