Several plans exist for saving Manila Bay
Despite being one of the most polluted bodies of water in the Philippines, there is still hope among several organizations that Manila Bay can be saved, albeit under different circumstances.
A number of people working abroad send money back home to the nation, and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada believes that a new reclamation project for the bay has the potential to boost the economy and create new jobs, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The plan to turn 148 hectares into a commercial hub named "Solar City" was put in place before Estrada became mayor, but he still supports the proposal and believes it can work.
"What would be my reason to go against it?" Estrada told the news source. "It will provide jobs and income for the city. I want to attract investors to Manila."
The reclamation project hit a bump in the road when environmental advocates spoke out against the plan, but in 2011 the Manila city council authorized the mayor to move forward with the proposal, the news source noted.
However, multiple environmental groups have an alternate solution for Manila Bay, and these other ideas might be a reason why some are against the reclamation project.
Instead of converting the body of water into a commercial center, Greenpeace and scientists from the University of the Philippines believe it can be cleaned, according to Philstar.com.
"With strong political will, the comprehensive rehabilitation of Manila Bay is not impossible," said Greenpeace southeast Asia oceans campaigner Vince Cinches. "Government agencies and local government units should not lose sight of fulfilling this goal."
People who send money with an online money transfer can help the Filipino economy, and Greenpeace believes that the pollution of Manila Bay is actually costing the city money.
In turn, there are significant profits to be gained from cleaning the water around Manila. Recent economic valuation estimated more than P5 billion earned from aquaculture and P2 billion from tourism in the area, according to Philstar.com.