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DENR issues ECC to 320-hectare reclamation project in Bacoor, 700 fisherfolk families to be displaced

By Madelaine Miraflor

Around 700 fisherfolk families fear that they will be displaced after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) already gave the environmental clearance to the 320-hectare reclamation project in Bacoor City.

(DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)

(DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)

In the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) granted to the project, which was proposed by Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla herself, the DENR fully acknowledged the planned “land reclamation and horizontal land development” of around 320 hectares worth outer and inner islands along the coast of Manila Bay.

“The project area shall be within the geographical coordinates specified in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement with the following components: internal road network, drainage system, containment structures, storm surge protection structures and access ways,” the ECC stated.

Militant fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said more than 700 fishing and coastal families will be forcibly ejected from their houses to give way to the project.

“The interests of local political clans in Cavite and private businesses prevail over the interest of thousands of fisherfolk and coastal residents who stand affected by this destructive reclamation project,” PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said.

“While the country is focused on containing the spread of the pandemic, the government, through the DENR, still managed to grant an environmental permit to a reclamation project that threatens the marine life of Manila Bay and will displace hundreds of fishing and coastal families in Bacoor town,” he added.

Hicap said this is “an obvious turnaround” of the DENR’s mandate in protecting the environment.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/19/denr-issues-ecc-to-320-hectare-reclamation-project-in-bacoor-700-fisherfolk-families-to-be-displaced/)

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