FISHERS GROUP CALLS ON CAVITE GOVERNMENT TO STOP RECLAMATION PROJECT IN MANILA BAY
An alliance of fishers on Tuesday warned the local government of Cavite about its 420-hectare reclamation project in Manila Bay saying it might violate a Supreme Court (SC) order.
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) chairperson Fernando Hicap encouraged officials to stop the project.
“The local execs of Cavite are at risk of violating the highest court’s order to protect and restore the fishing waters of Manila Bay if they will not cease and desist from pursuing destructive reclamation projects,” Hicap said.
“We are demanding Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla to heed his constituents in coastal areas to stop dump-filling the Manila Bay that will result to their displacement and destruction of fishing grounds,” he added.
In an SC mandamus in 2008, various government agencies, led by the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR), were directed to restore and rehabilitate the Manila Bay.