MANILA, Philippines — Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Saturday (July 25) led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the “Bagong Manila Zoo”.
In the city’s news release on Saturday, Domagoso said that the redevelopment and rehabilitation of Manila Zoo is part of his administration’s agenda to stimulate the city’s economy in the long term.
According to the Manila Department of Engineering and Public Works, the infrastructure project that will cover 51,000 square meters of the recreation facility is worth P1,736,400,000 and the target duration for the completion is 19 months.
The project began on Manila Zoo’s 61st founding anniversary.
The advisory also said that “the city government will build a sewage treatment plant, a materials recovery facility and a new veterinary hospital” under the redevelopment plan.
“It will also include the construction of new habitats for animals, gardens, public toilets, a museum, a restaurant and a new parking area, among others,” it added.
The mayor said that with these plans, he hopes to build a zoo which he said is “better than the Singapore Zoo”.
“You are going to witness this, we are going to build in the near future the best zoo in Asia,” Domagoso said during his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“I am happy that we are not only going to build a zoo, a clean zoo, but a healthier zoo for our animals. I want the best for you, mga Batang Maynila,”he said.
In January 2019, the previous administration ordered the closure of the Manila Zoo after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tagged the facility as a “major pollutant of Manila Bay” for dumping untreated sewage into Estero de San Antonio Abad. — /mbmf
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