Manila Third Sewerage Project (MTSP) - under WB/GEF Partnership Investment Fund for Pollution Reduction in the LME of East Asia
The Metro Manila area has a concentration of population of 12 million people, and practically all the sewage is discharged without treatment. The Manila Bay, Pasig River, and the Laguna Lake represent three key water bodies of socio-economic importance to the country, all exhibiting varying degrees of environmental degradation. These water bodies reflect the general state of Philippine waters, which are seriously confronted with untreated domestic sewage contamination problems.
The objectives of the Manila Third Sewerage Project is to improve the living conditions of urban residents, including the poor, by reducing human exposure to sewage, through strategic investments in sewerage and sanitation; to establish the viability of new approaches for sewage management in MM; and to reduce water pollution in its rivers, Laguna Lake and Manila Bay. With GEF support, water pollution control institutions in Manila would review overlaps in their responsibilities, develop suitable and controllable water quality and sewage treatment standards, coordinate and integrate water pollution control existing master plans, and implement MTSP-tested innovations within these plans.