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Just saw a photo tonight of the bay.  They have put a ring of sandbags around the beach to contain it and already there's a basura line a good 30ft over the top of the sand bags leading up the beach and the sand is turning grey.

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Marvellous. Let's spend a fortune at  time when our people are starving, on a misguided, ridiculous scheme, whereby we dump a few thousand tons of white 'stuff' from Cebu into what is essentially

My guess the workers received the crumbs.....How much did the schemers receive.....we shall never know, bet was considerable.

Call me crazy but the money spent on pretty sand could perhaps been better spent on waste treatment facilities. Beautifying a body of water containing raw sewage seems foolish.  It's like polishing a

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Near the U.S. Embassy, 2012.

You can see the U.S. Embassy in the distance and that is where the beach is.  It will be gone in the next big storm.

 

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23 hours ago, OnMyWay said:

So many Filipinos are in need and this project cost millions of pesos.

I guess the mine workers could have stayed home unemployed. The truck drives and machinery operators from the mining in Cebu to transport to port could have stayed home unpaid. The ships that carted the stuff and the Manila workers that carted and spread the sand could have stayed home unpaid. Many other run offs from a project could be unemployed to so did really something that has been planned for a long time have no benefits for the counties people.

How many families did this project feed, I dont know but employment is better than sitting at home hoping for a handout. 

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8 minutes ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

I guess the mine workers could have stayed home unemployed. The truck drives and machinery operators from the mining in Cebu to transport to port could have stayed home unpaid. The ships that carted the stuff and the Manila workers that carted and spread the sand could have stayed home unpaid. Many other run offs from a project could be unemployed to so did really something that has been planned for a long time have no benefits for the counties people.

How many families did this project feed, I dont know but employment is better than sitting at home hoping for a handout. 

And then they will get to do it again after the next storm?  Those workers at the beach could be employed building something more lasting that will serve the people better.

I'm not against responsible mining.  That mine was probably there before the beach project.  The thing I would be against is the careless transport from shore to ship, and the dolomite killed quite a bit of reef.

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45 minutes ago, OnMyWay said:

And then they will get to do it again after the next storm?  Those workers at the beach could be employed building something more lasting that will serve the people better.

I'm not against responsible mining.  That mine was probably there before the beach project.  The thing I would be against is the careless transport from shore to ship, and the dolomite killed quite a bit of reef.

To kick start any economy there are projects. Some were planned before covid and from the work over the past year of volunteers every week working on the bay dont you think the people deserve something. As always, if nothing is ever done we complain and if something is done there is another reason to complain. 

China built cities that no one lives in to keep their economies alive years ago so at least this project is something for the people. Maybe there might have to be some rehabilitation after a storm but is that not the same on most beaches?

 

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1 hour ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

To kick start any economy there are projects. Some were planned before covid and from the work over the past year of volunteers every week working on the bay dont you think the people deserve something. As always, if nothing is ever done we complain and if something is done there is another reason to complain. 

China built cities that no one lives in to keep their economies alive years ago so at least this project is something for the people. Maybe there might have to be some rehabilitation after a storm but is that not the same on most beaches?

 

Everyone will have their own opinion on government projects.

"Don't you think the people deserve something?".   "so at least this project is for the people".

I don't see this as a wise spend of the people's tax money.  This is a short term vanity project, for the reasons stated.  The money would be better used for bay improvement projects that are sustainable.  And if you can't go in the water, it limits the usability of the beach.  IMHO.

Additionally, some say ( I don't know for sure) that the artificially processed Dolomite sand has dust that is bad for humans.  Logically, most mineral dust is probably bad for humans to breath.  Most naturally created sand in the ocean is "washed" and the dust, if any, carried away.

Beach erosion during a storm is natural.  Natural sands moves around a lot and on a natural sand beach, repairs are often done by nature.  After this sand washes into the bay, it will probably not be recoverable and if recoverable, it will probably be too contaminated to use again.

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2 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

To kick start any economy there are projects. Some were planned before covid and from the work over the past year of volunteers every week working on the bay dont you think the people deserve something. As always, if nothing is ever done we complain and if something is done there is another reason to complain. 

China built cities that no one lives in to keep their economies alive years ago so at least this project is something for the people. Maybe there might have to be some rehabilitation after a storm but is that not the same on most beaches?

 

Call me crazy but the money spent on pretty sand could perhaps been better spent on waste treatment facilities. Beautifying a body of water containing raw sewage seems foolish.  It's like polishing a full toilet that won't flush.

I imagine more people could have been employed to upgrade the waste water discharging into the bay than were employed mining sand and shipping it around the country to put lip stick on this pig. But, one has to know who got paid how much to mine and ship the sand to fully understand the reason behind this project.

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10 hours ago, Jollygoodfellow said:

 

How many families did this project feed, I dont know but employment is better than sitting at home hoping for a handout. 

My guess the workers received the crumbs.....How much did the schemers receive.....we shall never know, bet was considerable.

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On 9/23/2020 at 4:50 PM, Freebie said:

And teachers awaiting pay increase which the Prez stated would happen in 2016 ( in order to win votes ? )

 

The teachers are actually receiving a pay increase. It is being phased in over three years. Each month there is an incremental raise - we're talking only a few pesos... but it is really happening. At the end of the three years, it will be an almost reasonable raise all up... But, as usual, I don't remember the amount... It's still not enough, in my opinion, for what they do and are expected to do. Listening to L, most of her work is paperwork, not actual teaching... sad for the kids...

Sorry for veering way off topic again, mods...but I wanted to just clarify Freebie's comment....

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