DENR slammed over issuance of ECC to 320-hectares Bacoor reclamation
A group slammed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for granting environmental clearance to the 320-hectare reclamation project in Bacoor City, which will displace hundreds of fisherfolk families in the area.
A copy of the said environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to the project’s proponent, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, surfaced through the internet on Friday, which triggered militant fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).
“Like a thief in the night. While the country is focused on containing the spread of the pandemic, the government, through the DENR still managed to grant an environmental permit to a reclamation project that threatens the marine life of Manila Bay and would displace hundreds of fishing and coastal families in Bacoor town,” PAMALAKAYA said.
“We denounce the DENR in the strongest terms possible for consenting to this anti-environment project.” it added.
PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said this is an “obvious turnaround” to DENR’s mandate in protecting the environment.
The DENR, according to him, was tasked to lead the rehabilitation of Manila Bay by no less than the highest Supreme Court, through its mandamus in 2008 directing several government agencies to rehabilitate its degrading ecosystem.
Yet, he said, the agency is now the one violating its very own program in restoring the ecosystem of Manila Bay.
“The interests of local political clan in Cavite and private businesses prevail over the interest of thousands of fisherfolk and coastal residents who stand affected by this destructive reclamation project. More than 700 fishing and coastal families will be forcibly ejected from their houses to give way for an ambitious development project by Mayor Revilla,” Hicap said further.