Proposed reclamation projects on Manila Bay may be rejected if proven that they would harm nature, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday.
At least 5 firms are seeking government approval for reclaiming areas spanning a total of 1,854 hectares, which is around the size of Pasay, based on documents seen by radio DZMM.
Concern that the projects could harm the environment and hamper the rehabilitation of Manila Bay was raised during Tuesday's meeting of government agencies overseeing the cleanup, said Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.
"Wala pong ban sa pag-a-apply. Wala po tayong sinasabi na bawal po iyan. Ang atin po, mag-comply po sila lahat," he told DZMM.
(There is no ban to applying, we are not saying that it is prohibited. We just want all of them them to comply with standards.)
"Ang atin pong butihing Kalihim Roy Cimatu ay hindi po papayag kung ang mangyayari rito ay maaapektuhan iyung environmental impact," he added.
(Our good Secretary Roy Cimatu will not allow the projects if they would affect the environment impact.)
Authorities will also look into how water concessionaires, which are blamed for the foul water off the bay, spend the environmental fee charged to consumers.
DZMM, 16 January 2019