A Big No to Swimming in Manila Bay

The celebration of Easter Sunday is well fussed over by Filipinos. After fasting and doing away with earthly possessions and desires during lent, people head down to the beach or some pools and resort to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. You can see people from all walks of life travelling from their homes to the nearest beach resort or water park with picnic baskets and kids wearing colorful swim wear and hugging an inflated toy. For those in Manila, the nearest beaches fit for swimming are in Batangas, Bataan, Subic Bay or Olongapo in Zambales. There are also nearby resorts such as those found in Antipolo City, Laguna, Bulacan and others.

Recently, it has been reported that there were a good number of families swimming in the murky, dirty and polluted waters of Manila Bay. It is a fact that Manila Bay these days has been so polluted that even fishes die in this area and some deadly flesh-eating disease (necrotizing fasciitis) is present here. So the news of people swimming here is simply incredible! The Department of Health have issued a lot of warnings to stop people from swimming yet a lot of them still do. It was shocking to see some people bring their kids and babies for a dip! The authorities should be stricter about this and should really stop people from swimming in Manila Bay.


Save the Mother Nature and Earn Cash

Unlike other households in the neighborhood, the windows of our house were shut tight on New Year’s Eve. We relegated ourselves to watching the fireworks from our windows. Why, you may be wondering. Well, I can’t put the health of my youngest son at risk. Just a whiff of the smog and he would be welcoming the New Year with asthma. Hence, it was better to be safe than sorry.

To others, I might sound like an overprotective mother. However, to those who know me, they are aware that I just take the matter of air pollution staunchly especially with my son’s condition. I would do whatever I can to alleviate the problem of pollution if I had the means. Nevertheless, since I don’t, I make do with what little I can to help the environment.

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