While the government envisions Manila Bay as a tropical paradise, an organization of fisherfolk said the coastal communities have called for the restoration of its marine and fishery resources.
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas tweeted, “Still absurd, trying hard, waste of public resources, and simply for aesthetics with a meager to no contribution to the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.”
Pamalakaya also said the budget for the dolomite sand project is more than enough to install mangrove forests in Manila Bay.
Instead of planting coconut trees and dumping dolomite, netizens urged the environment department to restore mangroves, which can serve as a fish sanctuary, pollution filters and coastal defense against strong waves and storm surges.
Some Filipino Twitter users even poked fun at the Manila Bay makeover, saying that the agency merely focuses on the visual appeal of the white sand beach.