Personnel from the Metro Manila Development Authority were on Tuesday seen collecting trash washed up along the shores of Manila Bay for a routine clean-up. Usual debris and trash flood the bayfront, but disposable medical masks are now also a common sight.
Late last week, crushed dolomites from Cebu were transported to the bay as part of the government's efforts to prettify the area and bring the sight of Boracay's white sand beaches closer to citizens stuck in the Metro due to quarantines.
It was met with criticism from environmental groups, who said the move failed to address the root cause of the pollution in Manila Bay. The health department said the white sand can also pose health risks to humans.
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