ADVERTISEMENTLeading an inspection of the zoo on Friday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu confirmed that the facility had been draining untreated sewage into one of the estuaries that lead to the bay. As Cimatu toured the zoo, the stench of wastewater filled the air and some visitors, including children, were seen covering their noses. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) chief said the Manila city government had expressed willingness to provide funds to help in the rehabilitation of the zoo, including the construction of its own sewage treatment plant. The country’s oldest zoo occupies 5.5 hectares in the heart of Manila and is currently home to some 500 animals. Pending renovation planIn 2015, the city government signed a P1.5-billion joint venture agreement with Metropolitan Zoo and Botanical Garden Inc. to undertake a total rehabilitation of the zoo.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer January 11, 2019 21:33 UTC