By Jennylou Canon


"Life must go on." 

This was what Manila Mayor Isko Moreno had to say when asked if the government was insensitive to continuing the second coating of dolomite sand in Manila Bay amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Moreno said the country must continue its projects to revive the economy.

"We must continue to move on. The country must move because economically we're hurt… All other things in the government in terms of visions, aspirations, future development for midterm and long term must be done,” he said.

Moreno also added that the local government of Manila will continue to focus on battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backhoe operators were seen pouring crushed dolomite rocks in Manila Bay last Wednesday.

On September 2020, a portion of the Manila Bay Baywalk area was opened to the public after 500 tons of crushed dolomite rocks were poured that would "discourage people from littering," according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Many environmentalists and fisherfolk criticized the project, stressing that the project is not the answer to pollution control in the area.