LOOK: Fresh batch of dolomite dumped along Manila Bay coast

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — A fresh batch of crushed dolomite has been dumped along the Manila Baywalk, as part of the government's ₱389-million "white sand" project to rehabilitate the area.

Photos taken by CNN Philippines on Wednesday showed heavy equipment dumping dolomite along Roxas Boulevard, with the new haul covering darker-colored sand.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has yet to provide the latest details on the project which was slammed as a waste of taxpayers' money. Critics claim the agency focused on "mere aesthetics" instead of the environmental concerns of Manila Bay.

In September 2020, the agency said measures are in place to ensure that the "white sand" will not be washed away by storms and high tide.

READ: DENR: Measures in place so Manila Bay's white sand won't get washed away 

Vice President Leni Robredo previously said the ₱389-million project could have instead gone to the over 80,000 poor families who were left hungry due to the pandemic.

READ: Funds for Manila Bay's 'white sand' project could have fed 80,000 hungry families - Robredo