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IN PHOTOS: Bayanihan for Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – Some 5,000 volunteers and government workers woke up early to participate on Day 1 of the Manila Bay rehabilitation program on Sunday, January 27.

Employees, students, and civic organizations pledged that they intend to make the polluted bay clean again after decades of failed attempts.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government assured citizens that the cleanup will not be a one-off event, as they have compelled some 5,700 barangays to conduct similar activities on a weekly basis.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it will coordinate with various agencies and stakeholders to properly relocate informal settlers

FULL FORCE. Cabinet members lead the solidarity walk for Manila Bay.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

SACKS OF TRASH. Volunteers gather trash from Manila Bay.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

GETTING DIRTY. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority employees join the cleanup.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

RIDING ON. Angkas riders join the rehabilitation efforts for Manila Bay.

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PICTURE PERFECT. An artist sketches his ideal view of the bay.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATERWAYS. Volunteers clean up the Estero Fort San Antonio de Abad near the Manila Zoo.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

– Rappler.com

Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.

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