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DENR Clarifies Statement On Dolomite Sand In Manila Bay

DENR CLARIFIES DOLOMITE STATEMENT – Recently, news articles regarding Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones’ statement went viral.

Most of the headlines stated that he said 10% of the dolomite sand in Manila Bay was swept to sea due to the heavy rains. However, he recently clarified that most news headlines were misleading or fake.

According to him, “there is no truth to news reports” saying “dolomite sand was washed out to the sea“. Afterward, he asserted that black sand was being “washed-in” instead.

DENR Clarifies Statement On Dolomite – Artificial Sand Not Washed Out
Image from: Inquirer

A few days ago, the Undersecretary also said that they would add dolomite directly to the water in the future. He explained that having dolomite in the water would cause the waves to wash-in dolomite instead of the black sand.

Additionally, he also said the dolomite on the bay would not be washed out due to “geoengineering interventions”. Based on an article from Inquirer he said:

Ang two layers niyan ay regular black sand. Ang top layer ay dolomite. Yung water kapag nagkaroon ng malakas na wave, nadadala iyung black sand dun sa dolomite

Furthermore, he emphasized that:

We stand by our statement that the dolomite sand is not being washed out, rather it is just being washed in.  We assure the public that we will protect the people’s money

What do you think about this issue? Do you agree that adding sand to the water would solve the solution? Leave a comment below!

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