MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is leaving no stone unturned to protect the dolomite it dumped on the beach at Manila Bay Sands.
The controversial white sand has had its share of praise and criticism, but also some transformation from black sand to white sand to black sand.
In defending its cosmetic project, DENR said the dolomite sand didn’t wash out. Rather black sand from the water washed in.
The agency has lined up several fixes, including dumping dolomite into the water so that white, instead of black sand would wash into the beach. It also said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to build a breakwater to protect the artificial white sandand keep it intact even with strong current.
DENR is not stopping there.
Today it announced that it will be installing solar-powered giant fans that would blow away the water as well as black sand before reaching the beach.
Already, scientists are hailing the idea as a technological wonder that will put the Philippines on the world map.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is no love lost between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a move that took both Duterte supporters and the Opposition Dilawan by surprise, the President appointed the VP the Administration’s Data Czar.
This is the third Cabinet position held by Robredo, after she had been appointed, and fired, as Housing Czar and Drug Czar.
Robredo’s appointment came after Malacañang Palace saw, and was very impressed, by the VP’s social media announcement that her office has launched a Covid Data Tracker to compete with the Department of Health’s own database on coronavirus in the Philippines.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and on again-of again Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go opposed the appointment but said “the will of Duterte be done, citing a verse from “The Lord’s Prayer.” (No, not House Speaker Lord.)
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.