Villar asks SC to stop Manila Bay reclamation project-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
SENATOR Cynthia Villar asked the Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeals decision that allowed the P14-billion Manila Bay reclamation project despite allegations it can cause severe flooding in Bacoor, Cavite and the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas.
She said the 635-hectare project could "severely" change the water discharge and flushing capabilities of the Manila Bay at a time when storm surges, floods and typhoons are prevalent. This may worsen flooding in the affected areas, Villar said.
The project is located in the mouths of the Las Piñas, Parañaque and Zapote rivers and right beside the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), home to over 195 bird species such as the endangered Philippine duck and the Chinese egret.
"There are no possible collection of circumstances which would ensure the viability and sustainability of a sensitive critical wildlife habitat while it sits under the shadow of a behemoth megalopolis designed to cater to the largesse of human needs and habitation," the petition read.
The senator also questioned the legal anomalies and infirmities that attended the Environmental Impact Assessment process when the reclamation project was vetted and approved.
The CA Third Division, which issued a ruling on August 14 upholding its decision to deny her petition for writ of kalikasan and temporary protection order, had said Villar failed to establish legal and factual loopholes in the project. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)