GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Philippine health and environment officials have warned the public against swimming in the Manila Bay.

In an official statement on Monday, Feb. 4, the health department said the Manila Bay must still be tested for chemical and physical quality.

The department warned, “Waterborne gastrointestinal diseases… as well as skin diseases and eye infections may be acquired while swimming in polluted bodies of water.”

A clean-up drive to restore the Manila Bay began on Jan. 27, and its coliform or E.coli levels had gone down since. However, pollutants in its waters are still way above safe levels.

The environment department is set to put up warning signs and fences across the bay to discourage people from taking a dip.

The Manila Bay is the latest in the line-up of famous destinations the government has funded for rehabilitation.

The bay’s clean-up requires a ₱47 billion (nearly $900 million) budget.