Discarded face masks litter Manila Bay

    Single-use face masks now litter the shores of Manila Bay, risking the livelihood of people who depend on the water supplies of the bay.

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) said discarded medical face masks are “slowly becoming a common sighting in the waters of Manila Bay” along with cigarette butts and disposable plastics.

    “We specifically call on all households who have members identified as ‘persons under investigation’ or ‘persons under monitoring’ to take extra precaution in handling their special wastes by initially disinfecting it with chlorine-based solution prior to collection to prevent any further spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community,” it said.

    The practice of proper segregation of waste is under the Republic Act 9003 or the Environmental Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

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