Reefs In Cebu Damaged Allegedly Due To Dolomite Transport
REEFS IN CEBU – The extraction of dolomite rock from Alcoy, Cebu allegedly caused damaged to the local marine ecosystem.
According to a report from GMA News, William Villaver, secretary of the Knight Stewards of the Sea, a non-government organization, said that the crushed dolomite spilled into the sea during its transfer to vessels and caused damage to the sedimentation on the coral reefs.
“Kasi ‘yong corals nabubuhay ‘yan, nangangailangan sila ng sinag ng araw. ‘Pag matakpan ‘yong sinag ng araw by sediments in that area, maraming dust from the dolomite, matakpan ‘yong araw so ma-less ang light penetrating to the corals kaya namamatay sila in the long run,”
The mountains where the said rocks were extracted were also fractured, aside from the marine ecosystem.
The Cebu Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, on the other hand, said that it was probing the effects of extracting dolomite.
“We already conducted our assessment a few weeks ago and then we presented the results to the governor and now we will validate our findings,”
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has yet to make a statement on the matter.
Environmentalists and fisherfolk groups earlier criticized the project and calls it an artificial rehabilitation and a waste of money, based on the report.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources placed 500 tons of crushed dolomite in order to beautify and rehabilitate a stretch of Manila Bay’s shoreline which is close to Baywalk strip along Roxas Boulevard.
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