Año ensures strict application of sanitary protocols at Dolomite Beach – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) assured Wednesday, October 27 that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will strictly enforce sanitary protocol measures at Manila Baywalk Dolomite beach following the overcrowding incident in the region.
Dolomite Beach was reopened to the public on October 16, the same day the Alert Level in the National Capital Region (NCR) was lowered from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 in a context downward trend in new cases of COVID-19.
“Have already led the PNP in particular the MPD (Manila Police District) under Brig. General (Leo) Francisco will coordinate with the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) the other day (October 25) to propose measures to regulate the number of people allowed to enter in the beach dolomite, ”Año said.
Año noted that more PNPs in uniform will be deployed to the region, especially on weekends when gigantic crowds are expected.
On Tuesday October 26, the presidential candidate and mayor of Manila Isko Moreno called on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to file a complaint against the DENR for the overcrowding of the artificial beach.
Moreno noted that the overcrowded man-made beach “can be a super spreader” in the metropolis.
Due to the overcrowded dolomite beach fiasco, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu relieved the deputy executive director of the Manila Bay Coordination Office, Jacob Meimban Jr. on October 27.
In a report from GMA News, Cimatu apologized that social distancing was not taken into account when opening the dolomite beach and vowed that the incident would not happen again.
“This is the reason why Director Meimban is relieved,” Cimatu said.
Malacañang said that the possible filing of complaints against the DENR for the alleged violation of health protocols following the opening of Dolomite Beach in Manila Bay was the responsibility of DILG. (Chito A. Chavez)
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