Moreno wants DENR officials sued over dolomite beach frenzy

    Residents of Manila hurried to the dolomite beach area of Manila Bay in an apparent frenzy immediately after the national capital region’s lockdown category was reduced to Alert Level 3.
    On 16 October, the Government’s pandemic task team announced the easing of COVID-19 restriction.

    MANILA — Mayor Francisco Domagoso challenged government officials to file charges against Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials for ‘encouraging’ violations of regulations and health safety protocols that government authorities, including local government executives and enforcement agents, implement and observe.

    Moreno addressed the challenge to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), which has been tasked with managing the Government’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as establishing official policies to combat the pandemic and protect citizens from Covid-19.

    He stated that because the DENR has authority over the dolomite beach owing to the agency’s ongoing rehabilitation effort in the region, it is the IATF’s responsibility to chastise individuals from the DENR who have been negligent in preventing the area from becoming a super spreader event.

    “It’s ironic because they are the ones supposed to implement (rules) yet they are the ones who violate (it) and they think the public would still follow them,” the mayor pointed out.

    “I’m challenging agencies of government under IATF to file charges in violation sa mga kapwa nila (against their fellow agencies in the) national government,” he stressed.

    “I’m calling the IATF, to charge those people in DENR for violating our rules. If we cannot implement it within their offices, then there is no point to implementing sa mga taumbayan (implementing it to the public),” he noted.

    According to Moreno, caution is required, especially when such events—such as the congestion at the dolomite beach—could function as a superspreader in the midst of the epidemic.

    “We are making life difficult for the public, but those who are breaking the law are those in the national government,” he said. (TRC/The MiNT)

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