Manila Bay reclamation project revived, concerned citizens protest

Tricia Aquino of InterAksyon.com reports that the SOS Manila Bay Coalition, a newly formed multisectoral group, is "alarmed by the apparent revival of a reclamation initiative that would block the only remaining stretch of the bay open to the public from Roxas Boulevard."

Tricia Aquino of InterAksyon.com reports that the SOS Manila Bay Coalition, a newly formed multisectoral group, is "alarmed by the apparent revival of a reclamation initiative that would block the only remaining stretch of the bay open to the public from Roxas Boulevard."

 

The report noted that the group has started a signature campaign to protest the fact that "the City Government of Manila signed an agreement last year with the Manila Goldcoast Corporation, which allows the latter to reclaim and develop, among other parts, the coast from the United States Embassy to the Manila Yacht Club." The report explained that the plan "was first denounced in July 2012 by hundreds of church, business and homeowners' groups led by former three-term mayor and environment secretary Lito Atienza."

 

The report also added that "the 148-hectare reclamation project had been deferred more than 20 years ago." The group likewise pointed out that "the area to be reclaimed is ten times the size of Rockwell, four times the size of Eastwood, and two times the size of Rizal Park." The report then pointed out: "The Manila Bay waterfront is supposed to be protected by the National Heritage Act of 1999" as it was "declared a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines last year."

 

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