Save the Bacoor-Las Pinas-Parañaque coastal lagoon

A contractor, together with the Philippine Reclamation Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Management Bureau and the City Government of Las Piñas are proposing to reclaim the Bacoor-Las Piñas-Parañaque coastline of the Manila Bay through the Parañaque and Las Piñas Coastal Bay Project. It raised a lot of eyebrows including some birdwatchers and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar.

They are against the project as it will harm the estuary that serves as a stopover of migratory birds and also serves as a catch basin of flood from Bacoor, Parañaque and Las Piñas.

The reclamation project (according to a TV report I saw) will preserve the front portion of the lagoon. But it will still lead to the its death as it will eventually dry up because the reclaimed area will block the water passage from the bay to the lagoon.

Let us join the more than 300k residents of Las Piñas City who already signed up to save the 175.307 hectares of one of the last bird sanctuaries in the Philippines. Saving the coastal lagoon will not only mean saving the sanctuary but also the neighboring localities that depend on the lagoon as flood catch basin.


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