24/7 patrol at Manila Bay beach
The Manila Police District (MPD) is laying down new regulations for those interested in seeing the Manila Bay white sand beach on Roxas Boulevard.
MPD Police Station 5 (PS5) chief P/Lt. Col Alex Daniel said the public will be allowed to take selfies on the beach, provided they do this individually and not as a group.
On the other hand, passersby may stop and view the beach, as long as they do not linger.
The regulations were formulated following last weekend’s mass gathering at the area in violation of the physical distancing protocol laid down by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Although it is just partially complete, the beach area was opened for the public last Saturday and Sunday in time with the celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
To ensure the regulations are followed, Daniel has assigned 24/7 police street patrol in the area to prevent people from entering and walking on the beach.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno”
Domagoso has requested the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to temporarily close the white sand beach area while it is still under construction.
Due to numerous criticisms on social media, Philippine National Police chief Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan was forced to relieve former PS5 commander P/Lt. Col. Ariel Caramoan for not instituting a plan to prevent the public from crowding during the opening of the Manila Bay beach, which was in violation of regulations on physical distancing.