The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has identified several popular food establishments as among the growing number of companies found to be polluting Manila Bay.
The LLDA teams recently served the cease-and-desist orders (CDOs) to the Jollibee branch on Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City, and Max’s Restaurant on Maria Orosa Street in Ermita, Manila. Samples of wastewater collected from both establishments tested positive for a significantly high level of fecal coliform which was far above the standard set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Other establishments that were also issued CDOs were HengFeng Kitchenette on F.B. Harrison Street in Pasay City, and Lamer Catering and Nihon Bashitei Japanese Food in Malate, Manila.
Meanwhile, a total of 15 other firms were issued show cause orders requiring them to explain why they should not be closed. These include Aloha Hostel, Sarmiti Food Corp. (Shawarma Snack Center) and Orix Auto Leasing Philippines Corp. Two buildings of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and a building belonging to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration were likewise tagged as polluters. Also cited in Pasay City were The New Blue Wave, Wellcross Freight Corp., Halina Lodge/Hotel, Harrison Lodge, First Marbella Condominium Association Inc. and The Biopolis. The Heritage Condominium Corp., Ma. Natividad Building and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila all located in Manila were given similar notices.
So far, a total of 63 establishments have been issued various orders and notices according to LLDA environmental regulation department manager Emil Hernandez.