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Celebs, experts, netizens react to government plan to dump white sand in Manila Bay

Celebs and netizens posted their reactions to the white sand being dumped in Manila Bay.

Celebs and netizens reacted to the DENR plan of dumping of tons of white sand in Manila Bay.

The said plan was a part of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project involving the improvement of a 500-meter area in Roxas Blvd.

Journalist and UNHCR Ambassador Atom Araullo noted the sustainability of the said project, and he worries about the environmental impact of extracting white sand.

Glaiza de Castro and other celebrities also posted their reactions.

Former Bayan Muna Congressman Teddy Casiño also compared the project to “angkas” barriers.

Experts and journalists also expressed concerns about the white sands being eroded over time.

Netizens also reacted to the project.

According to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, the ‘white sand’  isn’t the same as those found in Boracay. The sands used in the project were in fact crushed dolomite boulders from Cebu.

Antiporda said that the white sand beach was intended to encourage people to uphold cleanliness which is necessary to fight the pandemic.

He also assured the public that measures are being taken to ensure that the white sands won’t be eroded.

Greenpeace PH Campaigner Sonny Batungbacal said that putting materials on top of an unclean environment would not help the rehabilitation project. He also doubts that the sands would still be there after storm surges and hurricanes. He is also concerned about the cost involved in the said project.

Kung ang objective is to save Manila Bay by cleaning it up, putting materials on top of the uncleaned environment would not help.   I doubt kung dumating yung mga storm surges, bagyo, kung nandiyan pa yan, not to mention yung cost involved,” said Batungbacal.

According to the Ocean conservation organization Oceana Philippines, the proposed movement may potentially damage both the ecosystem in Manila Bay and the source environment of the white sand.

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