Oceana: Dolomite used to beautify Manila Bay now in the sea

Ador Vincent Mayol - Senior Reporter / @inquirervisayas 05/21/2021

CEBU CITY—A waste of people’s money. This was how environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos described the government move to dump more crushed dolomite supposedly to beautify Manila Bay. According to Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines, dumping artificial…

Capitol allows shipment of dolomite sand, pebbles for Manila Bay ‘white beach’

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/19/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu Provincial Government confirmed that the “fresh dose” of dolomite sand recently poured into Manila Bay “white sand beach” came from Alcoy town. This after they allowed the shipment of dolomite sand…

Capitol to furnish Cimatu ‘full report’ on dolomite damage in Alcoy seabed

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/07/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu Provincial Government is expected to send the full and consolidated report of the environmental assessment made on suppliers and exporters of dolomite in Alcoy town to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Governor…

Cimatu awaits report on Alcoy dolomite mining

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/22/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he had yet to receive the report on the investigation on the alleged violations of the dolomite mining firms in Alcoy town, Cebu. It has been almost a…

Dolomite washed out? DENR says it was only covered by ‘black sand’

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The crushed dolomite laid over a portion of the Manila Bay coastline was not washed out but was only covered by the thick black sand from the sea, the Department of Environment and Natural…

Cimatu orders suspension of Alcoy firms mining, exporting dolomite 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/25/2020

Alcoy, Cebu–Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has verbally ordered on Friday, September 25, 2020, the temporary suspension of all aspects of operations of the two firms quarrying and exporting dolomite here.  Cimatu told members of the media in…

Alcoy fishermen continue livelihood amid corals suffering from siltation

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/25/2020

ALCOY, Cebu—Every night, Jeffrey Dueñas goes out of his small shanty to fish around the waters off Barangay Pugalo in this southern town of Cebu province. The 51-year-old native of Alcoy grew up on the shores of…

Etta Rosales asks SC to cite DENR for contempt over Manila Bay dolomite dumping

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A cause-oriented group has asked the Supreme Court to cite the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for contempt for dumping dolomite sand at the Manila Bay as part of its P389-million beautification…

Garcia: CDO covers only transport, selling of dolomite in local market

Rosalie O. Abatayo 09/10/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has clarified that the cease and desist order  (CDO), which she issued against a mining firm and a mineral processing company in Alcoy town, would not altogether cancel the entire operations…

Ersatz Boracay in Manila Bay

Editorial 09/10/2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources started dumping last week “white sand” on a portion of the Manila Bay beach, near the Baywalk strip along Roxas Boulevard, ostensibly as part of a “beach nourishment” program. That…

No more probe on Alcoy dolomite transport to Manila Bay — PB exec

Rosalie O. Abatayo 09/07/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol will no longer push through with its investigation on the transport and use of crushed dolomite from Alcoy for the “rehabilitation” of Manila Bay. Board Member John Ismael Borgonia, chairperson of…

Kalikasan writ eyed against Manila Bay white sand project

Krixia Subingsubing - Reporter / @KrixiasINQ 09/07/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) claims that the “white sand” being poured to create a beach on a stretch of Manila Bay’s rocky shore poses no harm to the bay’s ecosystem,…

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