MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the biggest criticism about the white sanding of Manila Bay has been timing. Many believe that spending a huge amount of money for cosmetic purposes was inappropriate at a time when the country was in a middle of a pandemic that has affected people’s health and livelihood.
The government argued that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay has been in the works, and in the budget, even before Covid-19.
But when the “new” Manila Bay was opened to the public, all of the government’s efforts to promote physical distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus went out the door. Manileños descended upon the bay to get a glimpse and to experience a Boracay moment — all to the detriment of the government’s regulations on minimum health standards.
Today, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ordered the immediate closure of Manila Bay, vowing to keep it closed until there’s a coronavirus vaccine.
IATF’s move comes as no surprise as most of its policies in fighting Covid-19 have been consistently premised on the mantra “until there’s a vaccine.”
To those who were able to frolic in the white sand of the bay, congratulations. To the rest, see you on the other side of a Covid-19 vaccine!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has proposed a compromise with critics of the white sanding of Manila Bay. It was immediately accepted by the critics.
Instead of just white sand from Cebu, the ‘landfill’ of the bay will be combined with pink sand to be brought in from Zamboanga. In addition, green shrubs will be planted along the beach for a nice tri-color effect.
Just like the popular Filipino rice cake delicacy, sapin-sapin.
MANILA. Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is so much talk and speculation about Russia’s recent announcement that it has approved the world’s first vaccine against Covid-19.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has even promised that he will be the first to volunteer when the vaccine becomes available in the Philippines.
The Russian vaccine, called Sputnik-V could start Phase 3 of its clinical trials involving volunteers in Russia and other countries, including the Philippines.
But Vice President Leni Robredo criticized the proposed clinical trials in the Philippines, saying that the country is already far more advanced than Russia when it comes to developing a coronavirus vaccine.
To prove her point, Robredo released a map of one of the ongoing clinical trials in one of the new subdivisions being developed by Vista Land, owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar.
Compared to the Russian vaccine which is now just entering its Phase 3 of clinical trials, this development is already in its advanced Phase 4-B.
The trials are being conducted in an undisclosed facility located on Lot 7, Block 3, Phase 4-B.