Manila Zoo to be closed pending sewer line construction

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 22) — Manila Zoo will be closed temporarily to the public starting Wednesday, in line with the government's rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

Manila City Hall Administrator Ericson Alcovendaz on Tuesday said Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada issued the order to give way for the construction of sewer lines for zoo waste. He said it will be closed until the construction is finished.

When Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu conducted an inspection of Manila Bay, he found that the 60-year-old Manila Zoo does not have a sewage treatment plant. Zoo officials clarified they have a septic tank and only the animals' bathing water is discharged to the drainage, which leads to the Estero de San Antonio Abad and then to the bay.

Estrada said city officials will support and cooperate with the national government in the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, which will begin on January 27.