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MAKABAYAN SOLONS SEEK INVESTIGATION ON DENR ‘WHITE SAND’ PROJECT ALONG MANILA BAY

7 months ago | Metro | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

The House Makabayan bloc is calling for an investigation into the controversial “white sand” project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along Manila Bay.

The six-member group has filed House Resolution 1194, directing the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry into the suitability and sustainability of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program of the dump-filling of the Manila Bay shoreline with crushed dolomite rocks.

In their resolution, the Makabayan bloc noted the opposition of concerned members of the public to the project, as well as its impact on the environment and public health and the “injudicious” utilization of public funds.

They pointed out that several civil and environmental organizations such as the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, Oceana, and Greenpeace have expressed concern over the project, noting its applicability and impact on the marine wildlife and natural ecosystem of Manila Bay.

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