Pineda made the call during the Area-Based Management Summit held here on Wednes-day.
“This is a historic event, not just for the province of Pampanga, but for the entire Cen-tral Luzon. This is our response to our desire to be united in providing quality environment for the people we govern,” Pineda said.
She said the event was held for the executive heads of the region to talk to each other face-to-face and discuss what should be done for Manila Bay.
“This is not the time for us to point fingers at one another and dis- cuss who’s at fault. But it’s the moment for us to come up with the solution in solving our problem which is to restore Manila Bay and bring it back to its former beauty,” Pineda said.
“Walang imposible kung tayo’y sama-sama. Walang mahirap kung tayo’y tulung-tulong (Nothing is impossible if we are together. Nothing is diffi cult if we help each other),” she said.
With the theme: “Synergy of Central Luzon Leaders Envisioning a Cleaner Manila Bay,” the area-based approach concentrated on major interventions per river system that drains into the Manila Bay namely the Pampanga River Basin, Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System, and the Talisay River.
The Manila Bay area in Central Luzon covers 96 towns and cities in the provinces of Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac.