Oops! DENR clarifies only kids aged 11, below not allowed in dolomite beach
MANILA, Philippines — Kids aged 11 and below are not allowed to enter the dolomite beach at the Manila Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said, Tuesday, clarifying an earlier statement that the ban includes 12-year-olds.
At a Palace briefing, DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda corrected DENR’s earlier announcement that kids aged 12 and below are not allowed at the dolomite beach following the overcrowding at the area over the weekend.
“Sad to say, isa hong masamang balita para sa mga bata, from 11 pababa ang edad ay hindi muna papayagang makapasok dito because of the alert level,” Antiporda said.
“Sana maunawaan natin ito although sinasabi na pwede kayo sa open areas, but this is a crowded open area so we want to be sure na hindi kayo madisgrasyo o magkasakit ng COVID,” he added.
Antiporda explained that the initial announcement barring children aged 12 and below to visit the dolomite beach was based on the launching of the vaccination for the 12-17 age group in the country.
“Ngayon po, inaayos amin ang impormasyon, 11 years old and below ang ipagbabawal muna dito sa Manila Bay,” Antiporda said.
On Sunday, there were reports that authorities have recorded over 4,000 individuals at the dolomite beach — which sits on one section of the rehabilitated Manila Bay.
The dolomite beach, a project of the DENR, is being promoted as a possible tourist spot.
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