MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Still reeling from controversy over the “white washing” of Manila Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set its eyes on Taal Volcano.
Mobilizing a fleet of earth-movers and other heavy equipment, the DENR on Thursday started pouring ”white sand” on a 500-meter stretch of the bay’s naturally gray shoreline in Manila, near the Baywalk strip along Roxas Boulevard.
“We’ll make the coastline white sand so that when people see [it], [they will realize that] they need to take care of this and protect this,” Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said in a radio interview. Antiporda later clarified that the ”sand” was actually made of crushed rocks of dolomite, a calcium magnesium carbonate, that were transported to Manila from Cebu province.
As for Taal, DENR told The Adobo Chronicles that it will undertake a massive landfill of the famous volcano and transform it into a perfect cone, just like the equally famous Mayon Volcano. It wasn’t made clear when the transformation will begin, or when it will be finished.
Critics have yet to react to the new project of the government. They are still in shock about the announcement.