Government’s insistence in creating an artificial white sand beach in Manila Bay using crushed dolomite is an exercise in futility.
In effect, it’s a waste of people’s money, according to the environmental watchdog Oceana Philippines.
Oceana – which is described as a non-profit ocean conservation organization focused on preserving and restoring the world’s oceans which was founded by noted Hollywood actor Ted Danson in 2001 – said the dumping by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of dolomite into Manila Bay for its P389-million beautification project is a losing proposition as it will only be washed out by the forces of Mother Nature.
(The allegations of Oceana Philippines were expectedly denied by the DENR which claimed adequate precautions are in place to prevent the erosion of the dumped dolomite.)
“It’s beautification against public emergency. We’re basically wasting money and remember it’s people’s money,” Oceana official Gloria-Estenzo Ramos was quoted in a CDN report as saying.
Ramos’ damning assessment came on the heels of published stories claiming the DENR had replenished the dolomite earlier dumped last year in its costly artificial white sand beach project.
In September 2020, the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines (UP) said the dolomite sand will only end up being eroded due to the “hydrodynamic conditions” of Manila Bay.
Man-made interventions could never prevent unstoppable forces like the waves and rising sea level, enhanced by climate change, from inundating the fake white sand beach.
“Continuously replacing the sand will be even more expensive,“ the UP institute said.