At first look, one could mistake this giant foam in Batangas as mini glaciers wildly sprouting from a local river. That’s why when local Jolina Barrias started posting photos of it on Facebook on 19 Aug 2020, netizens were quick to spread the news. But what is it exactly? Most importantly, is it something to be worried about?
First, let it be known that this is not a glacier, nor is it a giant bubble that resulted from someone doing major laundry duties nearby (as some Filipinos joked). According to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the foam was, in fact, caused by chemicals that were thrown into the body of water in the town of Tuy. The deed was apparently done by two (or more) men who were already arrested by Batangas police earlier today.
Ayan po😟BULA SA ILAT NG SABANG TUY# update lang poNagpunta na ang mga taga MDRRMC chemicals daw po yun at susuriin pa po yun ng mga taga DENR
Posted by Jolina Barrias on Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Locals first discovered the giant foam in Batangas around 1pm on Wednesday. They also sought the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to know more about it. Some of them have already expressed concern over a foul smell coming from the said foam and continue to worry about their safety.
Meanwhile, the two men have been charged for violating RA 6969 (Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990) and RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000). As of writing, no information has been reported as to which company or factory they work for.
Featured image credit: Jolina Barrias | Facebook