‘Bay project won’t block sunset view’


The proposed reclamation project will not obstruct or hide from public view Manila Bay’s world-famous sunset.

This was the assurance given on Wednesday by one of the top officials of Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC), the main proponent of the ambitious program to reclaim and develop 148 hectares of the bay.

Speaking at the “Balitaan sa Aloha” media forum in Manila, MGDC vice chair Edmundo Lim said the project would still allow people to enjoy the sunset.

According to him, “Solar City,” the commercial, business, residential and tourism hub which will rise on the reclaimed area, will “enhance a four-kilometer sunset-viewing area.”

At the same time, he assured the public that a casino was not in the blueprint of the development plan.

“[This is not] a wanton and greedy business project that’s aimed only at making profits. It will help the City of Manila develop further and make money, too, in the process,” Lim said.

He explained that of the proposed reclaimed area of 148 hectares, MGDC would get just 82 hectares.

“Thirty hectares will go to the Philippine Reclamation Authority while the Manila City government will get five hectares. The rest will go to the construction of roads and open parks, among others … A significant portion of the project will be dedicated to environmental concerns,” Lim said.

The project, he emphasized, would “definitely enhance the business and tourism potentials of the city.”

Lim added that they were holding talks with Cultural Center of the Philippines officials on turning a portion of Solar City into an “arts, culture and entertainment center that [would] be the pride of every Filipino.”

The center, he said, would “showcase new Filipino heroes, people who make us proud.”

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  • palakasantayo

    Casino not in the plan???? Lelong mong panot… sinong lolokohin ninyo. Midway through the construction watch out… suddenly it’s there. Look at the name of the company, GOLDCOAST a builder and operator of big casinos in Las Vegas and other parts of the world.

    • etmad

      di nmn dahil sa me operator sila ng casino sa ibang bansa eh automatic casino kagad ang itatayo. 

  • indiosbravos2002

    Cant they just leave Manila as is. Its overpopulated, congested and polluted and building more residential units will not help address the issue. How about reclaiming something in Novaliches or Cavite instead. May dagat din don ah.

    • yew_tan

      The population grows but not the land. So when you have too many people in one spot, going vertical is the best way to go in order not to squander precious real estate. Tall buildings has been one of the greatest invention of man since Mac-hamburger and  coke. It’s the essential solution due to limited space.. Better land management is imperative at this point when there’s too many sex maniac flips and not enough land put them..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    a reclaimed coastal area seems so unnatural to me.  why not do something like the palm island in dubai?  if they want to reclaim, go out to sea and do not disturb the natural coast of the archipelago

    • WeAry_Bat

      Hahaha, excellent suggestion. 

      Nature cannot flood what is developed with water in mind, that may help create corals reefs also.

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