Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Is Now Complete – DENR

DENR Says Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Is Now Complete

MANILA BAY DOLOMITE BEACH – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said the Dolomite Beach in Manila Bay is now complete.

The dolomite beach in Manila Bay attempted to depict a successful cleanup effort, but the true issue was ecological degradation that hundreds of millions of pesos worth of artificial white sand were not resolving but, according to some critics, was merely whitewashing.

While some were impressed by the beach’s beautification project, it received harsh condemnation from lawmakers, environmentalists, netizens, and civil society organizations.

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For starters, a number of organizations made the point that dolomite not only poses risks to the environment, but also to human health. Even the Department of Health (DOH) issued a warning at one point that breathing in tiny dolomite particles could potentially cause lung issues as well as other health risks.

On Tuesday, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) declared that the Dolomite beach is now complete.

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During the hearing of the Senate committee on finance, DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones stated that the artificial white sand beach project is complete and does not require any extra funding.

“I’m happy to say that we have completed the dolomite area, the putting, and placing of sand,” Leones said in response to Senator Nancy Binay’s query regarding Dolomite Beach.

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Additionally, Leones stated that funding will be provided for the construction of a waste management facility and the rehabilitation of Manila Bay’s surrounding areas in order to ensure its conservation.

“There’s no additional budget. The budget for Manila Bay rehabilitation will be given to the different regions for the protection of Manila Bay and for the enforcement and installation of a waste management facility.”

“But for the dolomite in the Baywalk, we have already completed,” he added.

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