CHR fears displacement as P80-M ‘Mega-City’ rises in Ormoc

CHR fears displacement as P80-M ‘Mega-City’ rises in Ormoc

By: - Reporter / @FArgosinoINQ
04:51 AM July 10, 2024

Ormoc City, Leyte

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MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the local government of Ormoc and the Premium Land Corporation to engage “in a genuine and transparent dialogue” with communities affected by the company’s P80 million eco-park and township development project in the city.

CHR issued the statement on Tuesday as it expressed concern over the sentiments of approximately 500 residents of Barangay Naungan in Ormoc City and their fear of displacement as the new ‘Mega-City’ rises in the area.


“We urge the Premium Land Corporation and the local government of Ormoc City to engage in a genuine and transparent dialogue with the affected communities, environmental experts, and other relevant community organizations,” it said.


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“It is imperative to ensure that any development aligns with SDG (Goal 11 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) and respects the rights and livelihoods of local residents,” the CHR added.

This goal, or the SDG, aims to “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, with green and culturally inspiring living conditions,” incorporated into the Philippine Development Plan and Ambisyon Natin 2040, according to the commission.

Aside from the residents’ woes, CHR likewise noted the project’s potential risks to marine biodiversity and the vital mangrove ecosystem, which it said supports the livelihood of the locals and serves as their protection during typhoons.

“While we recognize the potential benefits of this project to economic development, job creation, and the city’s overall progress, these must not come at the expense of human rights and environmental sustainability,” it said.

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