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News Lawmaker: Realign dolomite funds for Covid-19 aid


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Sep 24, 2018
A lawmaker slammed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for spending another ₱265 million for the second phase of the Manila Bay “Beach Nourishment Project.”

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A family picnics in Manila Bay, the popular go-to place to beat the prepandemic summer heat. PHOTO BY MIKE ALQUINTO

In a statement, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Eufemia Cullamat questioned the priorities of the government, saying such funds should instead be used to provide additional aid to those affected by the pandemic.

“[Kwestiyonable] ang ganitong pagwawaldas sa pera ng bayan. ‘Wag na nila tayong lokohin na ang ‘Beach Nourishment Project’ ay makakabuti sa kalusugan ng mga tao (The way they spend the people’s money is questionable. They should not fool us into thinking that this ‘Beach Nourishment Project’ is good for our health),” she said.

“‘Pag ganitong pandemya at walang [konsensyang] nagwawaldas ng milyun-milyong pondo ang gobyerno, mas akmang tawagin itong ‘destructive project’ (If the government spends millions of funds like this despite the pandemic, it’s more appropriate to call it a ‘destructive project’),” Cullamat added.

She noted that the government should “have pity” on Filipinos, especially the poor and low-income families, who are greatly suffering from the lack of aid.

In the same statement, the Bayan Muna lawmaker called out the DENR for destroying natural resources just to put up an “artificial white sand beach.”

“Malaki ang sinisira ng DENR sa ating [kapaligiran]. Maling-mali ang prayoridad na ito at dapat mahinto agad (The DENR is destroying so much in our environment. This priority is wrong and must be stopped).”