(Metro News) MMDA says proposed double-layered seawall is good for tourism, environment

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 4 — Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Tuesday said that the proposed design of a double-layered seawall along Roxas Boulevard in Manila would promote tourism and enhance the environment.

He said it would also improve public safety, serving as the first line of defense against strong waves from Manila Bay.

Tolentino’s proposed design includes the construction of a concave second seawall running parallel to the existing seawall along Roxas Boulevard.

“It will enhance public safety and address environmental concerns. The proposed new seawall will be the first layer of defense from strong waves coming from Manila Bay during storms and other natural disasters. Built in accordance with the latest technology, it will be an improved structure that shall be stronger to withstand the buffeting waves," he said.

Tolentino added that the design will also enhance Roxas Boulevard as a major tourist destination, landmark and seawall promenade.

The new seawall will be accessible to visitors through Spanish-style bridges. Plants, mangroves and benches shall be installed on the promenade or around the vicinity, so that tourists and passersby could better appreciate the beauty of Manila Bay and its famous sunset.

The access bridges shall be opened from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. as a promenade similar to those in Galveston, Texas and Vancouver, Canada. The bridges would remain closed during off-hours or during storms and other disasters.

“I hope this design would merit the favorable endorsement of concerned government agencies and of the public as well,” the MMDA Chairman said. (PNA)

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