BACOOR CITY — This city is hitting four birds in one stone with its planned reclamation projects along Manila Bay.
Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla stressed that aside from keeping thousands of informal settlers’ families (ISF) living along the bay from harms’ way, the proposed 420-hectare reclamation projects can also boost the ongoing clean-up of Manila Bay.
Jobs will also be generated as many companies are expected to come in once the projects are completed.
Bacoor City has, in fact, received a gold award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in recognition of its significant accomplishments in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
Revilla noted the failure of previous efforts to clean up the Manila Bay despite around P50 billion having spent for the past projects.
“We think that reclamation will be the best long-term solution particularly in the Cavitex area,” Revilla said.
Revilla stressed that better housing and communities await the ISF from 10 barangays that will be impacted by the development project.
The mayor said the local government has already identified in-city relocation sites for the ISF — meaning they will remain within Bacoor City.
Revilla pointed out that the city is readying two resettlement sites for the ISF and fishermen living along coastal areas.
“This is one of the few reclamation projects in the Philippines that will have in-city relocation,” she pointed out.
“As mayor, I am giving my commitment that all ISF will have better housing,” Revilla added.
The commitment was also in line with Mr. Duterte’s directive of “no demolition without relocation.”
Mr. Duterte’s order, as well as the National Economic Development Authority’s “Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan” identified the need to relocate informal settlements along Manila Bay area as one of the major actions necessary for the success of the Manila Bay clean up drive.
The proposed 420-hectare Bacoor reclamation projects received overwhelming support from residents and various stakeholders during a public hearing last 9 January.
The city government of Bacoor is the proponent of the reclamation projects, namely Bacoor Reclamation and Development Project, consisting of a total of 320-hectare islands, and the Diamond Reclamation and Development Project consisting of one 100-hectare island via Public-Private Partnership under the PPP Code of Bacoor.