The New Manila Bay Sands

Miami beach, Copacabana Beach, Marina Bay Sands and... Manila Bay Sands?

Wow! The Philippines is becoming one of the coolest beach cities in the world.

Truly a world-class and ambitious urban coastline development by turning the natural black sand into an attractive, but artificial white sand, which is a crushed Dolomite rocks from the Mountains of the Island-Province of Cebu.

And so, after all, it's not really a natural white sand like the world famous Boracay Island beach that the Philippine government envisioned of the Manila Bay.

Some environmental groups including the Department of Health have expressed their sentiments about various health hazards that the project will potentially cause.

Some of our Government leaders, environmental activists and concerned citizens have also expressed their strong opposition about the White sand project, which they say is untimely and insensitive since we are currently facing our toughest battle of Covid-19.

Are we for the beautification of our urban bay waters? Are we ready to welcome the influx of local and foreign tourists for the new Manila white sand bay?

Who doesn't want an urban beach that is  clean and safe for swimming anyway?
But, with the current state of the Manila Bay, is it practical and necessary to fill in tons of white sand that can be easily washed away by a stronger storm surge?

Is it a wise spending of public funds, or are we just wasting our money which is supposed to be diverted to the poorest of the poor who are struggling to survive on this pandemic?

I'm not sure about the priorities of our present Government, but there is a need to regain the biodiversity and beauty of the Manila Bay without compromising the present Covid response.

We can make Manila Bay become more alive, but the people must have something to eat on the table on these very tough times. The priority shouldn't be on the 'artificial white sand project' but on the basic physiological needs of the people -- the food to eat.

There's nothing wrong with the Manila Bay rehabilitation and beautification project, but if it violates environmental laws and can compromise public health, then it's better to just make the water and the bay environmentally clean and safe-- even without the coveted white sand.

In recent years, we already experienced the harsh impact of climate change; with the continuous rise on the sea level, destructive super typhoons and storm surges. We have seen massive damages on Manila Bay brought by the destructive power of nature, and it revealed the unpleasant state of the Manila Bay.

The possible washed out of the white sand  back to the sea and the reappearance of natural black sand is just a nature's way. That's how nature works. It will always go back on its natural state.

There's also a greater possibility that the Dolomite sand would kill marine resources like fishes and corals that might endanger the livelihood of the fishermen. 

Let's not kill the livelihood of our fishermen just for the sake of the coveted white sand which is not safe and sustainable.

With the Government's projection of a fully restored Pasig river in the year 2032; connected to and benefiting the Manila Bay, we still have a little more than a decade more to go of cleaning up. Several years to go.

Two decades have passed already since the active rehabilitation and clean up of the Pasig River and Manila Bay and until now we're not done yet. Garbages are still washed out by big waves into the shore and even on the Boulevard. The bay area still has a stinky smell, and the bay still isn't safe for swimming.

Yes! We envision the future when the people in Manila and the Island of Luzon won't need to fly to Boracay Island to experience the finest white sand beach.

Yes! We deserve to have our own branding, the Manila Bay Sands, just like the Marina Bay Sands of our neighbor country, Singapore.

That's because, we have our very own, the New Manila White Sand Bay; the Manila Bay Sands. The pride of the Philippines -- the Pearl of the Orient Seas.

©️ 2020 iCritq PH


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