More than 5,000 kilograms of solid waste were collected in the rivers of Obando in Bulacan and Guagua in Pampanga including the 700 meters stretch of Mariveles coastline in Bataan during the recent kick-off of the Manila Bay launching. According to Paquito Moreno, Jr., executive director of DENR regional office, the cleanup was conducted simultaneously in Central Luzon, Manila in National Capital Region (NCR) and Cavite in Region IV-A to avert the further degradation of the historic bay and bring back its water level fit for swimming. He said more than 5,000 volunteers and employees from the DENR and other government agencies, local government units (LGU), business sectors, academe and civil society organization actively participated in the event. ###