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Fishermen want Manila Bay reclamations stopped

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A group of fishermen  asked Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to issue a local ordinance prohibiting any reclamation in Manila Bay.

The call of Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) was made after Deputy Speaker and Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas filed House Bill 3169 seeking to ban reclamation activities in the entire Manila Bay.

PAMALAKAYA welcomed the proposal saying it would strengthen their legal basis to oppose reclamation projects that would further destroy the ecosystem of Manila Bay.

Most of all, it would entail the demolition of thousands of fishing and coastal families.
The bill also seeks to revoke all reclamation projects that already acquired environmental compliance certificates (ECCs).

Restoring Manila Bay without reclamation was one of Moreno’s campaign promise when he ran for mayor.

According to PAMALAKAYA, there are four reclamation projects in Manila that were approved by former Mayor Joseph Estrada: The 417-hectare Horizon Manila Project, the 497.42-hectare New Manila Bay International Community, 148-hectare Manila Solar City Project, and the 50-hectare expansion of Manila Harbour Center in Tondo.

The group said urban poor and fisherfolk residents will likely be displaced if the reclamation projects push through.

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