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House bill seeks special body to manage, protect Manila Bay

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DESERVING SPECIAL CARE A boy cuts a playful figure with the Manila Bay as backdrop. Famous for its sunset view, the bay is now the subject of a congressional bill that calls for the creation of a special body that will protect and manage its development in the face of reclamation projects. JOAN BONDOC

Manila Bay, one of the world’s finest natural harbors, deserves a special body that would take charge of its development and balanced growth while ensuring its protection, according to Bataan Rep. Enrique Garcia.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coast Guard on bay patrol for Holy Week

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In anticipation of the crowd expected to flock to Manila Bay during Holy Week despite a ban on swimming in its polluted waters, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it would deploy divers and other rescue personnel to ensure the safety of bathers.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Mayor Aguilar to Sen. Villar: Reclamation ain’t so bad, sis

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HIGH-FLYERS VS HIGH RISE  Can these migratory birds and other denizens of the Parañaque-Las Piñas ecotourism site on Manila Bay coexist with a planned reclamation project nearby?  RICHARD A. REYES

A week after his sister, Senator Cynthia Villar, launched a congressional inquiry into reclamation projects on Manila Bay, Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel Aguilar disputed her grim warnings about their environmental impact.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Villar on advocacy for mangroves: Ecosystem crucial to Manila Bay survival

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Sen. Cynthia Villar. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“Don’t step on them,” Sen. Cynthia Villar gently reminded the gaggle of students, residents, policemen and Coast Guard personnel who had joined her to plant mangrove seedlings in a protected area by the Manila Bay.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino urged to halt SM reclamation project

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

Various groups are calling on President Benigno Aquino III to halt SM Land Inc.’s P54.5 billion reclamation project along Manila Bay, saying it would affect the environment and local livelihood.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Church execs oppose Manila Bay reclamation project

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. AP FILE PHOTO

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, his predecessor Gaudencio Rosales and 20 other bishops have expressed “deep reservations” over the adverse social and environmental effects of 38 planned real estate projects that would involve the reclamation of more than 26,230 hectares of Manila Bay.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Uncategorized | Read More »

Relief chopper crashes

A HELICOPTER on a humanitarian mission crashed into the Manila Bay several kilometers off Bulacan yesterday afternoon. The pilot and a passenger were rescued by US Marines. “We were on our way to Manila from Tacloban when the chopper had a mayday call. So we informed Villamor that we will delay our landing to rescue [...]

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

New surge of opposition vs Manila Bay reclamation

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OPPONENTS of reclamation projects want Manila Bay left as it is, unobstructed by potential danger zones in an age of intensifying typhoons and storm surges. JOAN BONDOC

A Manila councilor is calling on colleagues to oppose reclamation projects on the city’s portion of Manila Bay and restore the ban that lasted for 18 years before it was lifted in 2011.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Geology expert warns wall against storm surges will not necessarily prevent disaster

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An oil spill caused the spread of a large reddish stain over Manila Bay, posing potential health and environmental hazards, authorities say. AFP/Philippine Coast Guard

Proponents of the Manila Bay reclamation allayed fears that the project would set off a catastrophe similar to what happened to Tacloban City, saying that sea walls meant to reflect waves would lessen the strength of storm surges.

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pasay, Parañaque dads back another bay reclamation plan

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A MAP of the proposed reclamation project, showing the Pasay and Parañaque City sides of the development.

The councils of the neighboring cities of Pasay and Parañaque have endorsed proposals made by major developer SM Land Inc. to reclaim 300 hectares of Manila Bay in each city.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Manila Bay advocates oppose reclamation plan in Parañaque

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The famed Manila Bay sunset. Photo by DON LEJANO/INQUIRER.net

Manila Bay advocates are once again up in arms over a newly presented 300-hectare reclamation plan in southern Metro Manila.

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

CA questioned anew on decision affirming reclamation project’s ECC

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Senator Cynthia Villar . INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Cynthia Villar challenged anew the Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the validity of an Environmental Compliance Certificate (“ECC”) issued for the proposed 635-hectare reclamation project.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Anti-reclamation fight going back to SC

The fate of the 635-hectare, P14-billion reclamation project on Manila Bay will soon be back in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Posted: August 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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