Save and Defend Manila Bay

Save and Defend Manila Bay

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Nicolo Cuasay started this petition to Department of Environment and Natural Resources and

Manila Bay unexpectedly received a facelift after years of being recognized for its dirty waters when the government chose to take a huge gamble by overlaying huge piles of artificial white sand on a section of the naturally gray shoreline of the bay. The said artificial white sand contains dolomite, an anhydrous carbonate mineral composed of calcium magnesium carbonate that has the potential to harm people’s health and marine wildlife.

This project of the Philippine National Government, which is rehabilitating and dumping crushed dolomite on Manila bay has received a lot of criticism from people and harsh disapproval from experts and environmentalists due to its threat to the health of the people and marine wildlife as well as the area where the mineral came from. The rehabilitation of manila bay should be focused on addressing environmental degradation, pollution, and socio-economic issues in the region, like the reduction of chemical, organic and plastic pollution in particular, and not on beautification. Furthermore, covering up a pile of crushed dolomite does not address the real issues of the bay, and it is more expensive, so instead, rehabilitating mangroves is an example of a nature-based solution that is cheaper, better, and more cost-effective than the dolomite dumping project.

Manila bay should be restored and maintained, stop the projects and dumping a pile of artificial sand that could be a threat and has the potential to damage the marine ecosystem and affect life in both land and sea.  

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