24/7 pa­trol at Manila Bay beach

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - METRO - BY PAT C. SAN­TOS

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.

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