By Elena Aben
Manila Bulletin, Monday, June 28, 2010
Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales will lead today the Philippine Navy's massive coastal cleanup and mangrove planting activity aimed at reviving the Manila Bay. At the same time, the event is aimed at mitigating the effects of typhoons which have increased in intensity due to climate change.
The activity, which will start at 7 a.m., will be held at Sitio City, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City.
It will be recalled that Gonzales immediately instructed the Navy to spearhead revival of the mangrove forest around Manila Bay when he became Defense chief. In giving the directive, Gonzales even willingness to donate his personal money for the program.
"I've been travelling so many times and each time you land the first thing that you see is the dirt in Manila Bay and all those structures that need to be removed there. And then you see already that there's the muddy part, that I thought maybe we should revive the mangrove forest," Gonzales said in November, following his visit to Sangley Point in Cavite.