DENR eyes temporary closure of Dolomite beach

Published October 27, 2021, 3:10 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) may close again to the public the Dolomite beach in the Manila Bay amid a huge influx of people going to the area.

If DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu had all the power, he would close the Dolomite beach until its water samples finally yield safe fecal coliform level.

“Ngayon tanong mo sakin, bubuksan ulit ba to or sasaraduhan? Sa akin, ang priority ko, lilinisan muna sana eh, meaning ipapasarado ko (Now, if you would ask me if I will open it again or not? For me, my priority is to close it),” Cimatu said in a press conference.

DENR recently ordered the temporary closure of the Dolomite beach from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 for maintenance works and in observance of the All Souls’ Day.

DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda added in the same press conference that agency officials will conduct a series of meetings to discuss if they will open the Dolomite beach after Nov. 3 or just continue its closure.

“I will now watch closely the clean up of the water quality there,” Cimatu said.