ANAKPAWIS PARTY-LIST REP. ARIEL “KA AYIK” CASILAO FILES HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2452 URGING FOR THE POSTPONEMENT OF MANILA BAY REHABILITATON UNTIL A STUDY ON SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ON MARGINALIZED SECTORS HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap, with Cavite fisherfolk under Pamalakaya file House Resolution No. 2452 to postpone Manila Bay Rehabilitation pending study on socio-economic impact on poor sectors.Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap, with Cavite fisherfolk under Pamalakaya file House Resolution No. 2452 to postpone Manila Bay Rehabilitation pending study on socio-economic impact on poor sectors.

Republic of the Philippines
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Quezon City, Metro Manila

SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS
Third Regular Session

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2452

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INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES
ARIEL B. CASILAO
CARLOS ISAGANI T. ZARATE, EMMI A. DE JESUS, ANTONIO L. TINIO,
ARLENE D. BROSAS, FRANCE L. CASTRO, SARAH JANE I. ELAGO
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RESOLUTION
RECOMMENDING THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR):

• TO POSTPONE OR SUSPEND THE EXECUTION OF THE MANILA BAY REHABILITATION PROGRAM UNTIL A COMPREHENSIVE AND HOLISTIC STUDY ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ON THE AFFECTED MARGINALIZED SECTORS HAS BEEN DILIGENTLY CARRIED OUT;
• TO PUBLICIZE ITS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OR MASTERPLAN;
• TO HOLD PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS AMONG AFFECTED MARGINALIZED SECTORS;
• AND ULTIMATELY, TO DRAFT A GENUINE AND DEMOCRATIC PROGRAM THAT WILL SINCERELY REHABILITATE MANILA BAY WITHOUT INFRINGING THE BASIC RIGHTS TO LIVELIHOOD AND ADEQUATE STANDARD OF LIVING OF MARGINALIZED SECTORS

WHEREAS, on December 12, 2018, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced its plan to carry the Manila Bay Rehabilitation, by second week of January 2019, and along with this, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu bared it included the relocation of 300,000 informal settler families, living along the coastline of Manila Bay and related areas;

WHEREAS, on January 15, 2019, DENR Sec. Cimatu announced the Three-Phase Rehabilitation as:
• Phase I – clean-up of esteros and coastline of Manila Bay;
• Phase II – public education about solid waste management;
• Phase III – sustained efforts to save Manila Bay from further environmental degradation

WHEREAS, on January 15, 2019, Department of Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año announced that around 220,000 informal settler families will be relocated to Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions;

WHEREAS, on December 14, 2018, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya – Pilipinas) expressed its opposition and its National Chairperson and former Anakpawis Party-list Representative Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said the DENR Sec. Cimatu is turning a blind eye to the chemical and toxic wastes being discharged by industrial and commercial structures on a regular basis, as well as other government projects that are destructive to the marine ecology of one of the country’s major fishing grounds; and the rehabilitation program could be prelude to reclamation projects, on which 43 reclamation projects covering more than 32,000 hectares are lined up under the “Build, Build, Build” program;

WHEREAS, prior the announced plan, Pamalakaya – Pilipinas has been opposing reclamation projects and since early January 2019, has been urging the government to carry out the essential measures of genuinely rehabilitating Manila Bay, such as the following:

• immediate shutdown of the Navotas Controlled Dump Facility, located exactly in Manila Bay at Brgy. Tanza of the city;

• shutting down of commercial and industrial establishments discharging toxic and chemical wastes that end to Manila Bay;

• declaration of Manila Bay as “reclamation-free” zone as reclamation causes the extinction of traditional fish and shellfish species in Manila Bay because coral reefs and mangrove forests have been destroyed to give way to commercial business districts and private establishments;

• restoration of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs;

• on-site or in-city relocation for the affected marginalized sectors reaching to about 300,000 families from marginalized sectors from the 194-kilometer coastline from Cavite to Bataan;

WHEREAS, on January 6, 2019, former Anakpawis representative Hicap said that the rehabilitation program will only facilitate the more-than 40 reclamation projects by displacing communities of marginalized sectors along the coastline of Manila Bay;

WHEREAS, on January 17, 2019, former Anakpawis representative Hicap said that the relocation will be a waste of taxpayers’ money, as if they are to be relocated to far-flung settlement sites, away from their sources of livelihood, they will only return to their former communities, which is characteristic of relocation programs of past administrations, thus, the rationale of their demand for an on-site or in-city relocation;

WHEREAS, on January 18, 2019, members of Pamalakaya – Pilipinas and environmental group Kalikasan – People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan – PNE) protested in front of the DENR central office in Quezon City and bannered a slogan of “Yes to Rehab, No to Reclamation;”

WHEREAS, the groups branded the Manila Bay Rehabilitation program as fake due to that:

• reclamation projects or business deals that are destructive to the said bay are being approved by various government units such as:

o the 148-hectare joint-venture “Solar City” reclamation project of Tieng family’s Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. and local government unit of the city of Manila;
o the 360-hectare joint-venture “SM project” reclamation of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and local government unit of Pasay City;
o and the 265-hectare joint-venture “Pasay Harbor City” of a consortium involving Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy and the local government of Pasay City;

• DENR Sec. Cimatu justified the displacement of informal settler families as they are culprits for the pollution of Manila Bay, when they only contribute a measly five percent to Metro Manila’s total solid waste output, amid middle-income population’s share is 10 times bigger and commercial sector’s 7.4 times;

WHEREAS, on January 19, 2019, Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao demanded for the DENR to bare or publicize its comprehensive plan or masterplan for the Manila Bay rehabilitation, due to its imminent threat of displacement to hundreds of thousands belonging to the marginalized sectors;

WHEREAS, Pamalakaya – Pilipinas also criticized the DENR for having no moral integrity for the rehabilitation, until it has declared Manila Bay as “reclamation-free” zone or decisively barred or disapproved 43 ongoing and pending reclamation projects, involving the destruction of more than 32,000 hectares in Manila Bay, in its office such as the following:

• Las Pińas – Bacoor Road Widening Project – covering 1,435 hectares and affecting 6 barangays or 5,000 families in Bacoor City;
• Sangley Point International Airport – covering 2,980 hectares, to displace 26,000 families in Cavite, and destroy fishing grounds of Cavite City, Noveleta, Bacoor City and Rosario;
• Navotas Boulevard Business Park – covering 650 hectares, to displace more than 20,000 fisherfolk and urban poor population;
• Aerotropolis International Airport Project – covering 2,500 hectares, to displace more than 20,000 families of fisherfolk of Bulacan and also to affect fishing communities of Bataan;
• reclamation projects of San Miguel Corp., covering more than 2,400 hectares;
• 600-hectare reclamation project – in Parańaque City of SM Land, Inc.;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, recommending the DENR to postpone or suspend the execution of the Manila Bay rehabilitation until a comprehensive and holistic study on the socio-economic impact on the affected marginalized sectors has been diligently carried out; to publicize its comprehensive plan or masterplan; to hold public consultations among affected marginalized sectors; and ultimately, to draft a genuine and democratic program that will sincerely rehabilitate Manila Bay without infringing on the basic rights to livelihood and adequate standard of living of marginalized sectors.

Adopted,

 

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2452 URGING FOR THE POSTPONEMENT OF MANILA BAY REHABILITATON UNTIL A STUDY ON SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ON MARGINALIZED SECTORS HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2452 URGING FOR THE POSTPONEMENT OF MANILA BAY REHABILITATON UNTIL A STUDY ON SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ON MARGINALIZED SECTORS HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao  and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap, with Cavite fisherfolk under Pamalakaya file House Resolution No.  2452 to postpone Manila Bay Rehabilitation pending study on socio-economic impact on poor sectors.

Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Ka Ayik Casilao and former Anakpawis Rep. Ka Pando Hicap, with Cavite fisherfolk under Pamalakaya file House Resolution No. 2452 to postpone Manila Bay Rehabilitation pending study on socio-economic impact on poor sectors.

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