Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday visited Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard where the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently dumping crushed dolomite rocks as part of a P389-million rehabilitation program of the natural harbor.
According to the Department of National Defense (DND), Lorenzana decided to pay a visit at the famed tourist attraction in the country’s capital after a duty call at the headquarters of the Philipine Coast Guard (PCG) in Port Area, Manila.
There were no other details of Lorenzana’s visit to Manila Bay as of this writing.
Meanwhile, several photos shared to the media by the DND showed Lorenzana as he met Admiral George Ursabia Jr., PCG commandant.
Lorenzana and Ursabia were also shown when they boarded the offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) with its skipper, Commander Alberto Ferre.
The visit came a week after the DENR started putting crushed dolomite rocks on the stretch of Manila Bay as if to make it an artificial white sand beach.
The beautification project received mixed reactions with some people claiming that the crushed dolomite rocks might be harmful when inhaled by the people and damage marine life in Manila Bay.
There were also critics who called out the agency’s supposedly misplaced priority in pushing through with the multi-million project amid the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, others expressed support to the government’s effort to save the Manila Bay from its degrading image due to decades of submersion to pollution.