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Teams urge gov’t to cease ‘dump-and-fill’ reclamation initiatives


College students and residents protest towards a proposed reclamation challenge that may have an effect on 174 hectares alongside the shoreline of Dumaguete Metropolis. (Picture courtesy of MATTHEW VINCENT TABILOG)

MANILA, Philippines — The federal government ought to cease “dump-and-fill” reclamation initiatives that had “disregarded environmental safeguards” prescribed by the Structure and varied legal guidelines and laws, not less than 80 civil society organizations mentioned in a collective assertion issued on Tuesday.

“We name on the Philippine authorities to right away halt the irregular approval of those initiatives that may destroy the wealthy biodiversity in coastal and marine ecosystems of the nation, our supply of life and livelihood, significantly for the undernourished and impoverished coastal communities amongst our folks,” the assertion mentioned.

The teams referred to as out all native authorities models that “swiftly” authorised “with out adherence to the necessities of regularity, transparency, accountability, and participation by private and non-private proponents” the next large-scale reclamation initiatives:

  • 174-hectare reclamation alongside the shoreline of Dumaguete Metropolis
  • 230-hectare reclamation in Consolacion, Cebu
  • 100-hectare reclamation in Minglanilla, Cebu
  • 23 reclamation initiatives at Manila Bay which might be in varied levels of growth

Based on the teams, the social justice provision within the Structure offers small-scale fisherfolk preferential entry to marine sources. And but, comparable initiatives up to now had been nonetheless in a position to push by and these destroyed fishing grounds and displaced fisherfolk and their households.

The teams mentioned these initiatives had already devastated 1000’s of hectares of mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs.

The Philippines is named the middle of marine biodiversity because it lies on the apex of the Coral Triangle.

Nevertheless, this popularity could quickly be misplaced with the wholesale approval of large-scale reclamation, aptly described as dump-and-fill initiatives all around the nation,” mentioned the teams mentioned.

“At direct threat in all these dump-and-fill initiatives are the meals safety and self-sufficiency of coastal residents, particularly the municipal fisherfolk and different sectors whose livelihood are straight depending on the fisheries and aquatic sources of their prime fishing grounds,” they mentioned.

“These initiatives will actually decimate their technique of survival and provides to their vulnerability to the impacts of local weather change, which should be factored on this time of the covid-19 pandemic and the local weather disaster,” they added.

The assertion was additionally despatched to the next authorities companies:

  • Philippine Reclamation Authority
  • Division of Agriculture
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Assets
  • Division of Setting and Pure Assets
  • Biodiversity Administration Bureau
  • Division of the Inside and Native Authorities
  • members of the Home of Representatives and the Senate
  • League of Cities of the Philippines,
  • League of Municipalities of the Philippines


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