While the endeavor appears promising, the authenticity of the so-called rehabilitation remains a question as the government has failed to stop environmentally destructive activities along the bay. Reclamation schemes that pose serious damage to the ecosystem are ongoing. Business outfits that enforce such projects are still inculpable.
Every June 8th, World Oceans Day stands as a marker for the celebration and commemoration of all the oceans around the globe. It encourages people to discover what the oceans mean to them, learn its biodiversity and our interconnectedness with it, become a beacon of change for eco-friendly pursuits, and celebrate our wondrous connection with the oceans and its natural resources.
The brandishing of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), local government units and President Rodrigo Duterte himself of new reclamation projects adds insult to injury to fisherfolk who remain to be the poorest sector in the country. According to the PRA, there are 110 pending reclamation projects and more are encouraged under the Public Private Partnership program.
Press Release | August 24, 2017 The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) – Philippines expresses grave concern over the planned 11-hectare reclamation project in Toledo City in Cebu Province. The reclamation will take place in a protected area, the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), a body of water that divides Cebu and Negros islands. The TSPS was […]
The Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC) – Philippines supports the House Resolution filed by Makabayang Coalition ng Mamamayan (MAKABAYAN) representatives in Congress on August 16, 2017 that aims to “direct the Committees on Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources, Natural Resources and Poverty Alleviation to conduct a joint inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the socio-economic and environmental impacts of reclamation projects in the country”.