Reduce the hazardous effects of dolomite to Manila Bay's ecosystem and living organisms

Reduce the hazardous effects of dolomite to Manila Bay's ecosystem and living organisms

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The authorities should address "poor water quality" and the "threat of erosion" in Manila Bay under the government's rehabilitation program. The lack of wastewater treatment plants surrounding the watershed of Manila Bay and the loss of natural clean-up from the wetland, mangrove, and seagrass ecosystem services; are not able to filter and remove pollutants that drain from urban and residential areas. These include wastewaters that are discharged by homes or establishments or channeled into storm drains.

Some components in wastewaters are emerging pollutants detected in Manila Bay, including personal care and pharmaceutical products, endocrine disrupting substances (e.g., hormones, pesticides), fecal steroids, and plastic components in micro- and nano- sizes. Thus, the threat of erosion is now worse by additional reclaimed areas found south of the baywalk.

HEALTH RISKS OF THE MANILA BAY PROJECT:

A.)   Lhoist North America disclosed that dolomite contact “can cause irritation to eyes, skin, respiratory system, and gastrointentestinal tract,”adding that “long-term exposure may cause permanent damage.”

B.)  The Pamalakaya also warned that dolomite, the material used for the artificial white sand, could pose harm to the marine environment and humans, as it contains heavy metals such as aluminum, lead and mercury that could contribute to the pollution and acidity of Manila Bay.

C.)  Former Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, convenor of the Infrastructure Watch, claimed there are a number of scientific and medical studies linking dolomite to various respiratory diseases, including cancer.

In order to protect the aquatic ecosystems of the country and in accordance with the "White Beach Project," this petition seeks to achieve the following:

  • To raise awareness regarding the dolomite issue in our country;
  • To advocate the UP scientists' proposed planting of mangroves as an effective nature based solution; and
  • To reduce the hazardous effects of dolomite to Manila Bay's ecosystem and living organisms
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