PAMALAKAYA, PNE file complaint against Manila Bay reclamation

Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (PNE) yesterday lodged an administrative complaint against the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, over the reclamation and dredging projects in Manila Bay.

photo courtesy of PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas

We bring to your attention the distress we are experiencing in the face of adverse changes in our environment and socioeconomic conditions resulting partly from the cumulative and long-term impacts of seabed quarrying and reclamation activities in Manila Bay,” the activist groups said.

According to PAMALAKAYA and PNE, reclamation and dredging projects in Manila Bay have caused a significant decline in fish populations, depletion of marine resources, an increase in invasive marine species, and lead to coastal and land erosion.

The groups also requested copies of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs), area clearances, monitoring reports for all implemented and ongoing projects, and comprehensive environmental assessment.

This action follows President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s order to suspend reclamation projects pending a review of their environmental and social impacts, as well as compliance with regulations.

The government has not yet released an official suspension order to the public.