Philippines: Manila Bay Land Reclamation Crisis Continues

Last week, the various groups warned President Aquino of a looming “Battle of Manila Bay” against “large-scale and destructive land reclamation” in the Manila Bay, reports punto.com.

“If his administration through the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) will insist in pushing 38 reclamation projects that would cover 26, 234 hectares of coastal waters along the bay, huge protests will happen,” said the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya).

An across-the-Manila Bay revolt to be headed by small fisherfolk and marginalized residents of Manila Bay is likely if the PRA, which is under the Office of the President will push through with its plans to reclaim the bay at the expense of people’s livelihood, social justice and sustainable environment,” Pamalakaya said in a statement.

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Dredging Today Staff, November 13, 2012

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