By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday urged the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to temporarily close the
Dolomite Beach in Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard in Manila for health
In her statement, Binay said that Dolomite Beach should be
temporarily closed until the DENR has issued its regulations and
system on the area to avoid the spread of Covid-2019.
“Mas maganda siguro kung pansamantala munang isara ang dolomite beach
habang wala pang regulasyon at sistema ang DENR sa area,” she said.
“Kaloka lang, kasi habang yung ating mga frontliner sa health sector
are doing every necessary intervention in controlling the spread of
new Covid variants, there are also those who organize events or offer
unnecessary attractions yet failed to manage the crowds resulting in
rapid community transmissions,” Binay explained.
Recently, tens of thousands of people visited Dolomite Beach which
was open to the public until photos went viral on social media,
prompted authorities to disallow visitors in the area.
“From the point of view of health and wellness, what we also need to
acknowledge here is the public’s desire to spend time in open spaces,”
“Siguro, yung nakikita nating pagdagsa ng tao sa Manila Bay area at
parks can be a good step forward for the national and local
governments to rethink how green and open spaces will work best in the
new normal context, ” she added.
“Alongside health protocols, well-thought-out urban planning plays a
a big part in creating the best environment in or outside the cities
which will make sense from a public health perspective,” Binay ended. (ai/mtvn)