The Geological Society of the Philippines, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños – School of Environmental Science and Management and the National Research Council of the Philippines, organized a symposium to discuss the brewing arguments regarding the current developments in Manila Bay on 2020. September 18.

The main objective of the forum is to be able to discuss Manila Bay in the context of environmental management through a whole of system approach.

The current attention on Manila Bay should equally open discussions on socio-cultural, economic, and governance approaches in addition to having a science-based biophysical focus. It should instigate dialogues between and among the broad range of stakeholders who must eventually work together to deliver sustainable changes.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Overview of the framework for the development of the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan
  • Updates on Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts of the national government
  • Geological considerations in the coastal management of Manila Bay
  • Soil liquefaction: An earthquake-induced geotechnical hazard on loose saturated sand deposits
  • Addressing the “dolomite” communication fiasco

Geo-engineering interventions were installed for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Some of these were trashbooms, silt curtains, beach nourishment, dredging and desilting, and sewage treatment plant.

The main objective of the project is to reduce fecal coliform level and toxic discharges from houses and establishments by causing connection to existing Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and requiring STPs for government, commercial, industrial, and educational establishments.