Image source: Mark Villar facebook pageThe Government of Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) today officially started the Manila Bay dredging operations – from the Manila Yacht Club breakwater to the United States Embassy in Manila.Under the project, approximately 225,000m³ of silt is set to be removed from the mentioned areas, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported today.DPWH Secretary, Mark Villar, said that the heavy equipment composed of amphibious excavators, dumping scows, dump trucks, debris segregator, street sweepers and vacuum sewer jet cleaners are deployed in the area and other strategic locations for the cleanup operations.This event marks the full-blast dredging within this critical section of Manila Bay. The Bureau of Equipment (BOE), Regional and District Engineering Offices in Metro Manila have deployed a total of 28 machines and 50 personnel to operate 16 hours a day, six days a week, said the secretary during the launching of the Manila dredging program.“Excavation will be the major mechanism for the removal of the accumulated pollutants in Manila Bay. Through our hardworking crew and equipment fleet, we aim to de-silt within 150 meters from the shoreline of Manila Bay,” Villar said.DPWH-BOE Director, Toribio Noel Ilao, added that implementation of de-silting activities will be divided into five sectors, each ranging from 200m to 300m long, until the entire 1.5km is finished.Each sector will be de-silted approximately within 90 to 120 days.
COLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Reformed Church Mission Committee presented a $5,000 check to the borough of Union Beach through its Operation Provide Comfort effort.The money will be used to help victims of Super Storm Sandy who reside in the borough, one of the towns hardest hit by the storm. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the residents of Union Beach. The fund at Colts Neck Community Church provides a rapid response to the requests from Union Beach residents.The purpose of the effort is to develop a long-term relationship between Union Beach and Colts Neck that will endure long after the storm. The approach is to leverage the resources of the township to help the residents of Union Beach who suffered the most devastation and to help collect and coordinate donations of money, physical goods and services to aid in the rebuilding effort.Additional information about Operation Provide Comfort is available by visiting the Colts Neck Township website or Operation Provide Comfort’s Facebook page.Pictured are Borough Administrator Jennifer Maier (left) and Clark Petrie, a member of the Colts Neck Reformed Church’s Mission Committee.