The Philippine National Police (PNP) was elated by the correction on visiting rules at the controversial “Dolomite Beach” in Manila, saying the stricter rules will ensure that the relaxing activities in the area would not become super spreader events amid the continuous threat from the coronavirus disease (COVOD-19).
At the same time, PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar praised the netizens who called out proper authorities to correct the visiting rules after its first days of opening resulted in huge crowd that resulted in disregard of the minimum public health safety protocols.
“We in the PNP are happy that there is now a proper guideline on the visit to the Dolomite Beach,” said Eleazar.
“Nagpapasalamat ang inyong PNP sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa netizens, na naging mapagmatyag at matapang na nagsalita laban sa lantarang paglabag sa minimum health protocols. Isa itong malaking kontribusyon kung bakit naitama ang panuntunan dito (We also thank the people, especially netizens, for calling out the proper authorities on the blatant violations of health protocols. This is a big contribution on why the rules were corrected),” he added.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno also lashed at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for failure to coordinate with the local government unit on its opening.
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, a ranking official of the DENR was relieved from his post over the incident.
As a corrective measure, the DENR said under the “cinema approach,” allotment of time to visit and stay in the beach would be imposed. The visitors will also be provided with tickets, allowing them to stay in the area for a maximum of two hours.
To further avoid crowds, the national government also decided that children 11-years-old and below would no longer be allowed entry to the said beach.
The PNP is among the law enforcement agencies that ensures health and safety protocols are being followed in the dolomite beach.
Eleazar believed that the public raising their sentiments on the dolomite beach only shows the unity among Filipinos to correct the wrong practices amid the battle against the pandemic.