SENATOR Joel Villanueva warned that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) project of dumping white sand at the Manila Bay may lead to further environmental degradation.
Villanueva said environmental protection cannot be achieved by mere aesthetics alone, and certainly not at the cost of sacrificing one area to preserve or make the other more pleasing.
“This will lead to further environmental degradation, if not fool-hardly and waste of resources in a time of great hunger and economic hardship,” he said.
The senator further said the funds for the project could have been better spent in buying the needs of our students, or providing more assistance to displaced workers and OFWs.
On the other hand, Senator Panfilo Lacson thinks that the project is worthwhile endeavor on the condition that it was properly studied.
“On the assumption that proper studies and consultations with experts, especially on its sustainability and effects on the environment, not to mention due diligence on the financial investment were made before its implementation, I would like to think that it is a worthwhile endeavor,” he said.