Cavite, Laguna folk told: Reclamation not harmful



IN DANGER Birds feed at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Coastal Lagoon in Manila Bay. A reclamation project threatens to destroy the nature reserve and bird sanctuary. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A company planning to reclaim a 149-hectare portion of Manila Bay to build a site for offices, factories and residential areas on Saturday sought to assure residents of coastal areas of Manila Bay, including those in Cavite and Laguna, that the project would have no adverse effects on their communities.

In a statement, Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC) said residents of communities surrounding Manila Bay in the two provinces have no reason to fear the reclamation project, as it would bring no harm to their livelihood, mainly fishing, or their communities’ ecology.

“We have engaged the best people and the best institutions to undertake the crucial stage in planning out the proposed reclamation and, as a responsible business organization, we are fully committed to complying with all laws, rules and regulations that will eradicate or minimize any negative impact that this project may have on the ecology of Manila Bay,” said MGDC in the statement.

“Beyond this, our plan will integrate the latest technologies in renewable energy, as well as water recycling, wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy facilities,” it added.

Environmentalists and fishermen’s groups have raised concern over the planned reclamation project, saying it could impact negatively on fishing grounds and marine environments in Manila Bay.

MGDC said the proposed site of its planned project does not sit on any fishing ground or environmentally sensitive area.

The company also said the project will not, in any way, aggravate flooding in Metro Manila or any coastal areas in Manila Bay.

Citing a La Liga Policy Institute study, MGDC said one major cause of flooding in Metro Manila and its suburbs is the denudation of the Marikina watershed. Of the 33,000-hectare Marikina watershed, only 22 percent remains covered with trees and vegetation, it said.

The proposed reclamation project, it said, has the support of almost all officials of the Manila city government, including its mayor, vice mayor and councilors. It said the project has the potential of creating up to 100,000 jobs in six years.

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  • Ef

    No! Just implement gentrification of Ermita, Binondo, and Baseco!

  • AllaMo

    Haaang kapal naman nang mukha nang mga mgdc na ito. Sino kaya ang mga mas makapal pa ang mga mukha na backers nito?!

  • carlorocci

    Lokohin nyo lelong nyo. 


    Why not reclaim the area beside the US embassy…..It is located in business economic zone……

  • sanjuan683

    Mga unggoy saan pupunta naman yun tubig kapag may bagyo na, saan pupunta ang tubig kapag baha kung tatayuan ninyo ng building at gawin lupa. Huag ninyo lokohin ang tao bayan para lang kumita kayo.  Tignan ninyo ang Malabon, Dampalit, Panghulo, Obando at Valenzuela nuong bata pa ako walang baha diyan. Diyan ako nag-aral sa Malabon pero hindi binabaha ang lugar na yan. Nang maglagay ng housing project diyan sa dagat-dagatan nagsimula na ang kalbaryo ng taga Malabon, Dampalit, Panghulo, Obando at Valenzuela. Iyan Dagat-dagatan dating napakalaking palaisdaan yan sa may Letre. Diyan pumunta ang tubig baha kapag malakas ang ulan sa madali salita catch basin yan. Isang halimbawa isang palangganan tubig kapag nilagyan mo ng lupa sa gitna, saan ngayon pupunta ang tubig, babaha na. Kaya kayo mga unggoy tigilan ninyo yan project ninyo. Sa Bundok ng Sierra Madre kayo maglagay ng buildings at factories para mawala ang mga NPA dun. Hina ng utak ninyo pero pagdating sa pera mahusay kayo.

  • tgomeziii

    Why not the gently rolling empty hills on the eastern side of Laguna Lake? Leave Manila Bay alone. Then build a viaduct freeway to connect to the metro area (and also a Water Ferry system from Jalajala to the mouth of Pasig River and all the way to Liwasang Bonifacio!!!)and then another highway to Tanay, northwards? MetroManila is the only place in the world that is engaged in conscious self-strangulation. We need a new population center / metro area far away from Manila. MGDC’s statement is very self-serving.


      …AND CONDESCENDING!! If this is word-for-word quote from MGDC’s report; viz” it would bring no harm to their livelihood,mainly fishing,or their communities’ ecology..”

  • sherlock45

    Having good habitat for wildlife is good but that bird sanctuary is a danger to all those who land at NAIA. When a plane is 500 ft ASL in final approach, the bird sanctuary is right under the flight path. One of these days a plane will go down after a full load of ducks and Chinese egrets. Sanctuary was never in the development master plan and was placed as an afterthought of the GMA administration.

  • noguile

    sabi nga nung nainterview sa tv nung isang araw 40% of quezon city are squatters. provide affordable mass housing for them then develop the rest of the freed land for your commercial centers. lesson mula sa mga baha ng nakaraan: babawiin ng dagat at mga ilog ang sa kanya kahit sementuhan nyo pa yan at lagyan ng subdivision.

  • hennagaijin

    What about Ermita and Malate ?   To replace Baywalk with more high rise condos
    is obscene.Is the Bay really safe from Quirino Blvd. down Roxas to the embassy ?
    Destroying the Bay experience is the LAST thing Manila needs.No more lagay for Lim !

  • themask celestial

    Whoever will win the Mayoralty election in manila, this reclamation is as good as approve. If Erap -Isko win, this is good as go and as well as Lim-Veloso. Both Lim and Isko with the appetite for money are proponents of this project. 

    If the Manileno notice, majority of the good roads in Manila undergone a total repairs.  Medyo kinakabahan si Lim kay Erap, so he make it sure that the budget of manila are fully utilized and he will survive his retirement.

  • themask celestial

    There will come a time most of for of our diversion will be done in the Malls. Looks on what happen to Manila Bay side in the back of Moa.  Before the MOA was built, I use to bike in that area and I see some anglers near the GSIS Building. Now this area are being guarded and even if you just go down the sea wall, the Blue Guards will not allow you. Even if you approach moa in bike, the guards will block your way, This is also true to the area near the Phil Navy-where most are restaurant were  built, you can’t bike in their area or stay in beyond the sea walls. Same with the area near the Sun Cruise, now it is totally restricted area. May gate na papunta pa lang sa parking.  This is so sad, with limited open spaces in Manila, the last remaining open and free space is subject for greed of our politician. Shame on them.

  • Hagler

    Of course sasabihin ng MGDC na safe yun or else wala silang project. ang tanong bakit sa balita na ito hindi kinuha ang panig govt.approved din daw ng mga mayors at mag kecreate ng 100000 jobs. Sympre approve sila jan dahil kikita sila. nag create nga ng 100k na jobs , lifelong perwisyo naman. Ang utak gamitin, wag gawing tanga mga tao. paid ad ito.

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