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What to Expect at Manila Bay DOLOMITE Sand BEACH | Baywalk Sunset Walking Tour Video 2021 [Trending Issue]

Video Description: Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach now / dolomite sand (walk tour 4K GoPro Hero 9 Superwide View), commonly known as Dolomite Beach, is an artificial beach along Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines created through the process of beach nourishment. It is part of an overall integrated coastal zone management aimed at coastal defense of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation project. When completed, the beach will cover a total length of 900 meters of Manila Baywalk. Watch the recently opened manila bay rehabilitation featuring the use of dolomite sand. Crowds usually come in at around 5 p.m. to watch the sunset and leave at 6 p.m. Swimming remains prohibited as the bay’s chloroform levels have yet to reach the standard. Dolomite beach manila bay cost: Free Entrance. Manila bay dolomite beach location - beside the US Embassy along Roxas Blvd. in Manila Philippines. This is the dolomite sand manila bay now. Dolomite beach opening hours:  For those who are planning to visit the Dolomite Beach, you can do so from 5:30 a.m.  to 6 p.m. daily. Watch this video to see dolomite beach update. Dolomite beach issue now is overcrowding (control over large crowd at dolomite beach) which many fears will become superspreader event. Sa datos ng Manila Police District, umabot sa mahigit 60,000 katao ang bumisita sa Dolomite Beach nitong Linggo lamang. Ang Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach ay bukas araw araw mula 8:00 am hanggang 11:00 am at 3:00 pm hanggang 6:00 pm.

Video Timestamps:

0:00 Dolomite View at Overpass

1:05 Beach Entrance

3:10 Rock Formations

3:46 View of Surrounding buildings & beachfront

6:15 Walking at crushed dolomites

6:43 Entrance to Section 2

10:04 Clear beach waters & sunset along dolomite sand

12:59 Exit at Dolomite beach

14:17 Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach Arch Entrance

News Updates

The dolomite beach at Manila Bay has reopened to the public - 12 June 2022

The contentious dolomite beach in Manila Bay was reopened to the public on Sunday evening after renovation to improve water quality.

After repeated delays, the 500-meter beach was finally available to the public at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day had been set for May 20th, then June 3rd, and finally the 12th of June, which is Independence Day.

To further "promote patriotism among the public and to signal that the battle to clean up Manila Bay is not yet ended," the World War II Heritage Cannon was installed in the Remedios neighborhood in front of Rajah Sulayman Park on Sunday.

Both former and current cabinet members, including Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao and former Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, were present for the reopening.

Rodrigo Duterte was anticipated to attend the reopening, which he did not.

By making the area "swimmable," Cimatu says it will be the incoming administration's biggest issue.

Dolomite sand collecting, swimming, smoking, and spitting are all prohibited at this time. Pets are not allowed either.

Coliform levels in the waters of Manila Bay exceeded 5.75 million most probable number (MPN) per 100 milliliters. As of May 13, levels at one beach site had already dropped to 920 MPN/100mL.

To prevent overcrowding, the dolomite beach will be closed to the public after 3,500 people have arrived at a particular time. The beach will be open to the public every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting in the near future.

In September of 2020, the DENR unveiled their P389 million beautifying project to the general public.

Environmental groups criticised the initiative, saying it was an environmental concern and a waste of taxpayer money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Malacaang, the initiative will aid in flood management and soil erosion prevention.

Manila Bay Rehabilitation

Manila Bay Rehabilitation is one of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)'s 10 Priority Programs since 2019. Together with other members of the Manila Bay Inter-Agency Task Force, various efforts have been continuously implemented to restore the water quality of the Bay. 

The rehabilitation of Manila Bay aims to inspire behavioral change among Filipinos by showing them that a beautiful and clean environment is possible with concerted efforts. 

Before you visit Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach

Update as of 28 December 2021

Visitors are advised to make online bookings as the artificial white sand beach along Roxas Boulevard, reopened Tuesday - 28 December 2021.

The Manila Bay Dolomite Beach will accept visitors from December 28 to 29, and from January 4 onwards, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said.

Those who plan to visit the man-made white sand beach need to register online, through the Dolomite Beach Appointment System (DBAS), a day before their planned visit. The DBAS was set up to prevent overcrowding in the beach area.

DBAS only processes one appointment at a time.

A maximum of 300 visitors per batch will be allowed entry to the beach area in a given time slot.

Guests are also advised to comply with the following:

  • Bring your vaccination card
  • Wear your face mask properly at all times
  • Observe physical distance
  • Do not bring food and drinks inside the beach area
  • Do not bring pets
  • No swimming
  • No vaping or smoking
  • No littering
  • Children 11 years old and below are not allowed to enter the beach area

Here are the available time slots:

  • 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
  • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 12 nn
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In October, concerns on compliance with health protocols were raised as thousands of people went to the artificial white sand beach following the easing of movement restrictions in Metro Manila. At one point, the number of visitors ballooned to over 120,000.

Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach overcrowding
LOOK: A large crowd gathered at Manila Bay's dolomite beach on Sunday morning (October 24).

With the overcrowding incident that happened recently in Dolomite Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has announced that minors will not be allowed as of the moment in this area.

Visitors continue to flock to the dolomite beach in Manila Bay
THEY KEEP COMING. Visitors continue to flock to the dolomite beach in Manila Bay on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, amid an order to limit the number of people who can enter for health reasons.

They also posted on their website the following rules:

1. The Dolomite Beach is closed every Friday for maintenance work.

2. The Dolomite Beach will be closed on Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 in the observance of Undas and in accordance with IATF protocols.

3. Observance of the minimum health protocols will be strictly observed by implementing measures to meet the capacity of the area to avoid crowding and to give way to some repairs in some parts of the beach.

4. Substantial reduction of visitors will be imposed to give way to pending rehabilitation works in the Dolomite beach area, particularly the activities to address water quality. As such, crowd control measures will be implemented, such as, rotation approach and cinema approach, wherein allotment of time to visit and stay will be imposed.

5. In accordance with existing laws, PWD, Senior citizens, and pregnant women are to be accorded with a special lane inside the Dolomite Beach.

The announcement ends with the assurance that the the DENR is working closely with the member agencies of the Manila Bay Task Force in its effort to maintain the cleanliness of the area.

Manila Bay dolomite beach
TINGNAN: Maagang bumisita ang ilang mga tao sa Manila Bay dolomite beach ngayong Huwebes ng umaga kung saan mahigpit na pinapatupad ang pagsusuot ng face masks. Mahirap naman umanong panatilihan ang physical distancing sa malalaking grupo ng dumarating. 

Inanunsiyo ng DENR noong Martesa na isasara ang dolomite beach mula Oct. 29 hanggang Nov. 3, gayundin tuwing Biyernes para sa maintenance work.

Dolomite beach closure

Dolomite beach closure
Nitong Oktubre 26, sinabi ni Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Benny Antiporda na ang Manila Bay Dolomite Beach ay isasara sa publiko simula Oktubre 29 hanggang Nobyembre 3, 2021 dahil sa obserbasyon ng Undas.

Sinabi rin niya na ang Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) ay magbibigay ng mga direktiba at protocol para sa crowd control sa Manila Bay Dolomite Beach. Ito'y matapos ang isang insidente na hindi nasunod ang protocol sa social distancing.

Proposal to avoid overcrowding

by Paulo Alcazaren

Proposal to avoid overcrowding at Manila Dolomite beach

Traffic management for Dolomite: Since the main activity is Selfie or Groufie taking... then the rational system is a one way track leading to dedicated selfie areas where you or your family group are given only 1minute to take your pictures. If that is not enough, color coding or odd/even systems will be needed. Laggards will be corralled out using cattle prods.

Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Regulations

Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Regulations

Visitors may visit the beach from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily provided that prescribed health protocols are observed.

As it reopens, there are few simple rules and regulations that must be followed.

Check this out!

Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Regulations

• No Swimming

• No Smoking

• No Littering

• No Eating

• No Spitting

• No Bringing of Pets

The Arch of Dolomite

The Arch of Dolomite

The controversial entrance arch of the 'Dolomite beach' in Manila Bay in Roxas Boulevard, Manila has been shown to the public on Sunday, September 26. The arch had signage that said "MANILABAYWALKDOLOMITEBEACH" at its first touch.  After it gained the attention of social media users, it was later altered to include spaces between the words.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude and appreciation to those who have expressed their understanding and support for the Manila Bay beach nourishment project.

And so we’d like to shed light to some of the frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Is dolomite detrimental to the ecosystem of Manila Bay, as some critics claim?

Dolomite is not detrimental to the ecosystem of Manila Bay. It is a mineral, a naturally occurring chemical compound - calcium magnesium carbonate. It occurs also in the form of sedimentary rock, which is commonly found in seas. Sea corals itself are calcium carbonate similar to the composition of dolomite. Dolomite is, therefore, not foreign to the coastal ecosystem. 

Dolomite is, in fact, known as a neutralizer that lessens the acidity of seawater - the reason it is widely used in fish aquariums. 

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Do crushed dolomite rocks used in beach nourishment at Manila Bay pose a threat to human health?

No, crushed dolomite used in the beach nourishment project does not pose a threat to human health, because it is not inhalable. 

Only materials (whether natural or synthetic) that are 10 micrometers (microns) or smaller are inhalable; these pose a health hazard when inhaled because they can reach the lung tissues and enter the circulatory system. 

Fine beach sand sediments, being around 90 microns (9 times bigger), are therefore not a health hazard. Crushed dolomite is much bigger, measuring about 2 millimeters to 5 millimeters in diameter, or about the size of a grain of rice/corn -- which is 100 times bigger than a particle of dust.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Do dolomite cause cancer?

No, dolomite is not included in the list of carcinogens.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Is dolomite poisonous?

The notion that dolomite contains silica has fueled fears that it is poisonous. However, the silica content of dolomite is so negligible that it presents no danger even swallowed accidentally.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Is it true that the implementation of the Beach Nourishment Project is very untimely, considering the COVID-19 situation in the country?

The project's implementation is not untimely. The project was approved by Congress under the 2019 General Appropriations Act. It underwent competitive bidding under Republic Act 9184 (the Government Procurement Reform Act), and the contract was awarded prior to the global pandemic. The government cannot simply stop a project when it is already under a contractual obligation to proceed.

Beach nourishment mainly aims to rehabilitate and protect the coastal resources in the area to prevent coastal flooding and erosion. The project was conceptualized, budgeted, and approved by the Department of Budget and Management in 2019 when there was ni incident yet of COVID-19 in the country. A memorandum of agreement with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was signed between October and November 2019, and the DPWH started its implementation in January 2020.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Is DENR insensitive to the current pandemic situation?

The DENR is fully aware of the problems faced by the Filipino people under the current COVID-19 situation. However, the DENR, DPWH, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, and the other agencies tasked to rehabilitate the Manila Bay are not the Department of Health (DOH) or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which have the mandates to address the health and social welfare concerns. The mandate of DENR is to use its financial, manpower and other resources for the protection of the environment and natural resources, even in the midst of a pandemic. 

However, DENR has returned 10% of its 2020 budget amounting to PHP 1,436,797,000 to the National Treasury in support of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or R.A. No. 11469.

Moreover, the DENR's central, regional and bureau offices have initiated programs to support the Government's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees also pooled donations to help our countrymen. Hence, we were able to generate a total of PHP 89,114,374.76 for COVID-19 assistance, broken down as follows:

- DENR central, regional bureau offices: PHP 19,546,193.96

- Employees' donations/contributions: PHP 69,568,180.80

These donations were utilized for the procurement of personal protective equipment, sanitation and hygiene kits, food packs, and other necessary items given to frontliners and families affected by the lockdown, including DENR employees. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu also rendered service to help contain the COVID-19 crisis in Cebu and Bacolod, as he was personally tasked by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Was there overpricing in the Beach Nourishment Project as some critics allege?

There was no overpricing in the project. The project was estimated to cover 30,000 to 49,000 square meters of engineering work. One critic divided the PHP 389 million budget by 500 linear meters, which is the length and not the area or scope of the engineering work; this erroneous computation resulted to PHP 778,000 pesos per meter.

The budget should be divided by at least 30,000 square meters, the actual work coverage area. This will yield a cost of PHP 12,967 per square meter, which is quite reasonable. Only PHP 28 million of the PHP 389 million allocations was used to emplace the crushed dolomite rocks. The PHP 28 million covers not only the price of the crushed dolomite; the package includes the cost of delivery from Cebu to Manila Bay.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Does the DOH support the statement of the DENR that dolomite does not pose a danger to human health?

The DOH notes that dolomite in its bulk state is not a known health hazard. However, it if is reduced to dust form, its inhalation can lead to symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and coughing, which are normal reactions to dust particles as irritants. 

The DOH clarifies that the crushed dolomite that is being used for beach nourishment in Manila Baywalk is 2-5 mm in diameter or 100 times bigger than dust. Therefore, this crushed dolomite does not get suspended in the air is not hazardous to health.

The public can safely enjoy the enhanced Manila Baywalk shoreline once permitted. The DOH assures that no untoward incidents should occur as a result of the Beach Nourishment Project.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Does Manila Mayor Isko Moreno support the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay?

The City Government of Manila expresses its full support to the National Government and the DENR in the implementation of the Manila Bay Beach Nourishment Project that includes the overlaying of the "white sand" in the Manila Baywalk area.

Manila Mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso, in a press conference, said cleaning Manila Bay entails a lot of costs, which is why the City Government appreciates all the efforts of the DENR in cleaning the area.

"Natutuwa kami dahil (We are happy because) they went beyod, to really make more virant Manila. We support DENR," Mayor Domagoso said.

Frequently asked questions about dolomite and the beach nourishment project for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay

Is the Bywalk area with "white sand" now swimmable?

Not yet. The fecal coliform count in the water must first be reduced to 200 most probable number/100 milliliters, for the water quality to become safe for swimming.

In other NEWS:

as of 26 October 2021

Minors 12 yrs and below now banned in Manila Bay’s dolomite beach -

Isko urges gov't: File cases vs DENR over opening of dolomite beach - ABS-CBN News

More cops to be deployed at dolomite beach -

Gov't shuts dolomite beach Fridays, Oct 29 - Nov 3 - ABS-CBN News

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