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To: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
Stop Reclamation! Save and Defend Manila Bay!
We seek your support in calling on the following government agencies to enforce and comply with the mandates set by the law and the Supreme Court in respecting our right to a balanced and healthful ecology:
1. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources must, as directed by the Supreme Court, implement their Operational Plan for the Manila Bay Coastal Strategy, which includes a moratorium on dump and fill projects in Manila Bay.
2. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources must allow and respect the right of the public to access the Environmental Impact Assessment Studies of all Manila Bay, and any Environmental Compliance Certificate issued for reclamation projects and information as to the source of dumping materials in these projects.
3. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources must issue letter of objections to all dump and fill projects in Manila as it runs counter to the order issued by Supreme Court requiring them to restore marine life in Manila Bay, it being a rich sardine spawning area and source of livelihood for fisherfolk.
Why is this important?
The coastline of Manila Bay stretches along Cavite, Parañaque, Pasay, Manila, Malabon, Navotas up to the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan. It holds a prominent place in glorious stories of the past as it witnessed battles that changed the course of our history. Now, it is facing an environmental war against ecologically destructive dump-and-fill projects, also known as reclamation, which is described by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as “an irreversible form of environmental degradation.”
Reclamation projects pose grave threats to our natural life support systems as these destroy our mangroves, seagrass beds, wetlands and other marine habitats which are sources of life to humans and non-humans alike. The sites of these projects are vulnerable to ground shaking and liquefaction that raise red flags to people’s safety when earthquake and flooding occur.
Dumping and filling of critical marine support systems in Manila Bay are not only violating our environmental laws—these deprive our artisanal fisherfolk of their livelihood and sustenance. We enjoin you to strengthen our efforts to defend and protect our country's natural resources.
Stop dump and fill projects that threaten life both in land and sea!
Sign this petition and let our voices be heard.
Stop reclamation! Save Manila Bay!