Resumption of Four Reclamation Projects in Manila Bay

Heavy machineries are seen at the reclaimed area in Manila Bay in Pasay City, as they flatten the mounds of sand dredged from parts of the bay. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA
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The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) has announced that four suspended reclamation projects in Manila Bay are set to resume this year. This development brings hope for the revitalization and development of the area.

During a press briefing, Joseph John Literal, Assistant General Manager of the PRA Reclamation and Regulation Office, highlighted the projects that will soon be back on track. These include the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Navotas Fish Port reclamation project, the Bacoor 90-hectare reclamation project, the Navotas 650-hectare reclamation project, and the Manila Solar reclamation project.

Literal emphasized that in the National Capital Region (NCR), a total of 16 reclamation projects are underway, with 11 having received approved Notice-To-Proceed (NTP) permits. However, all 14 of these projects were temporarily suspended.

The PFDA Navotas Fish Port and the Bacoor 90-hectare reclamation projects are expected to resume in the first or second quarter of 2024. On the other hand, the Navotas 650-hectare reclamation and the Manila Solar reclamation projects will resume within this year.

Literal also mentioned that two of the suspended projects have already resumed, with two more expected to follow soon. However, compliance with the necessary requirements within the given timeframe is crucial for these projects to proceed smoothly.

One of the projects that have resumed is the 265-hectare Pasay Harbor City reclamation project by Pasay Harbor City Corporation (PHCC). Additionally, SM Prime Holdings’ 360-hectare Pasay reclamation project received the green light from the PRA in November 2023.

The PFDA Navotas Fish Port reclamation project is part of the development and rehabilitation plan for the Navotas Fish Port Complex. Its completion will contribute to the enhancement of the fishing industry and the overall growth of the area.

The Bacoor 90-hectare reclamation project is part of the larger 320-hectare Bacoor reclamation and development project proposed by the City Government of Bacoor, under the leadership of Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla. This project involves the creation of four inland reclamation islands behind the Manila-Cavite Expressway, covering a total area of 90 hectares.

Another significant project is the proposed 650-hectare mixed-use reclamation project, which will be carried out by San Miguel Corp. in collaboration with the Navotas City government. This project holds strategic importance as it will serve as the gateway to the upcoming Bulacan International Airport, which is also being constructed by San Miguel Corp.

Lastly, the Manila Solar City reclamation project, a joint venture of Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC) and the local government of Manila, aims to create a modern smart city. This project envisions a sustainable and technologically advanced urban area.

The resumption of these reclamation projects in Manila Bay is a positive step towards progress and development. As these projects move forward, they have the potential to boost the local economy, create employment opportunities, and enhance the overall quality of life for the residents of the region.

It is important to note that these projects are subject to compliance with legal requirements, environmental regulations, and the needs of the local communities. The PRA will continue to monitor and ensure that these projects are carried out responsibly and in accordance with the law.

As Manila Bay undergoes transformation and rejuvenation, it is essential to strike a balance between development and environmental preservation. The responsible implementation of these reclamation projects will be crucial in achieving this delicate equilibrium.

With the resumption of these projects, Manila Bay has the opportunity to reclaim its position as a vibrant and thriving coastal area. The revitalization of this iconic bay will not only benefit the local communities but also attract investments and visitors, contributing to the overall growth and progress of the Philippines.

The PRA’s commitment to overseeing these projects and ensuring their successful completion is a testament to the government’s dedication to sustainable development and progress. As these projects move forward, they will shape the future of Manila Bay, creating a more prosperous and dynamic region for generations to come.

Source: The Manila Times

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