Supreme Court Decision

Republic of the Philippines

SUPREME COURT

Manila

 

EN BANC

 

G.R. Nos. 171947-48

 

METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY,

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES,

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS,

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAY,

DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT,

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD,

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE MARITIME GROUP,

and

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT,

Petitioners,

 

- versus -

 

CONCERNED RESIDENTS OF MANILA BAY, represented and joined by DIVINA V. ILAS, SABINIANO ALBARRACIN, MANUEL SANTOS, JR., DINAH DELA PEÑA, PAUL DENNIS QUINTERO, MA. VICTORIA LLENOS, DONNA CALOZA, FATIMA QUITAIN, VENIC SEGARR, FRITZIE TANGKIA, SARAH JOELLE LINTAG, HANNIBAL AUGUSTUS BOBIS, FELIMON SANTIAGUEL, and JAIME AGUSTIN R. OPOSA, Respondents.

 

 

Promulgated: February 15, 2011

 

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 VELASCO, JR., J.:

 

 

                 On December 18, 2008, this Court rendered a Decision in G.R. Nos. 171947-48 ordering petitioners to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay in their different capacities. The fallo reads:

 

                   WHEREFORE, the petition is DENIED. The September 28, 2005 Decision of the CA in CA-G.R. CV No. 76528 and SP No. 74944 and the September 13, 2002 Decision of the RTC in Civil Case No. 1851-99 are AFFIRMED but with MODIFICATIONS in view of subsequent or supervising events in the case. The fallo of the RTC Decision shall now read:

   

                WHEREFORE, judgment is hereby rendered ordering the abovenamed defendant-government agencies to clean up, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to SB level (Class B sea waters per Water Classification Tables under DENR Administrative Order No. 34 [1990]) to make them fit for swimming, skin-diving, and other forms of contact recreation.

 

 

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