[{"ID":490,"post_title":"Missing mangroves are root of contention over Philippine airport project","post_content":"\n

In August 2018, Shirley Bacon woke up to find more than 600 mangrove trees destroyed in Taliptip, a community of almost 5,500 people, where fishing and producing salt are the main forms of livelihood. Most of the residents are informal settlers; some of them relocated here from decluttered shanties in Manila, but most have lived in Taliptip their whole lives and seen the mangroves take root through the decades.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The same mangrove thicket attracts thousands of migratory birds<\/a> every year, says Cristina Cinco of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP). \u201cWhen we go to Taliptip from 2016 to 2018, there were numerous houses in the mangrove areas,\u201d Cinco says. \u201cWe saw a boy grow up; he\u2019s a teenager now during that span of time. He always joins us for our birdwatching activities.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

By January this year, when Cinco\u2019s group returned to the mangrove forests as part of the annual Asian Waterbird Census, they met the teenager again, now against a missing backdrop: houses were gone and mangrove trees had been cut down.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/news.mongabay.com\/2020\/09\/missing-mangroves-are-root-of-contention-over-philippine-airport-project\/","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/06\/IMG_20190623_090146-scaled-e1591281658789.jpg","post_date":"September 20, 2020"},{"ID":486,"post_title":"Scientist group warns against dump-and-fill, urges govt to implement science-informed rehab programs","post_content":"\n

AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People warns against the ongoing dump-and-fill activity along Roxas Boulevard implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which started in late August. According to DPWH Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo, around 100 meters of shoreline will be filled with sand as they plan to reopen the area for recreational purposes on September 19 this year.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This is not the first time coastal rehabilitation has been used to greenwash other agenda in Manila Bay. Promises of coastal rehabilitation cannot hide the fact that San Miguel Corporation\u2019s Aerotropolis in Bulacan is paving the way for the destruction of the few remaining patches of mangroves in the area, as was the case for the Sangley Airport in Cavite. Both reclamation projects pushed through, despite Duterte\u2019s pronouncement several months ago that he will not allow any reclamation activities in Manila Bay. If the government wants to genuinely restore Manila Bay, it should start by conserving the remaining patches along the bay.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/AGHAM.Diliman\/photos\/a.369508223498345\/1009034369545724","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/09\/AGHAM-white-sand.jpg","post_date":"September 07, 2020"},{"ID":479,"post_title":"Environmental advocates question push for Bulacan airport during pandemic","post_content":"\n

Samantha Bagayas, Rappler<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Advocates of the rehabilitation of Manila Bay questioned the push for an unsolicited airport project in Bulakan town, Bulacan, at a time when COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"In the era of a pandemic, there are so many airline companies laying off people. Why are they still continuing the Bulacan airport projectat the expense of our health, our environment, and the livelihoods of the people?\" asked Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines, in Filipino.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

In Rappler`s webinar with Oceana Philippines<\/a> released on Thursday, August 20, several advocates raised concerns about how the airport project would pose threats not only to communities in Bulacan but also the area`s ecology and environment \u2013 should it push through.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/rappler.com\/moveph\/advocates-question-push-bulacan-airport-amid-coronavirus-pandemic","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/rappler-webinar.jpg","post_date":"August 24, 2020"},{"ID":475,"post_title":"It will take decades to replace mangroves cut down or built over, groups warn","post_content":"\n


MANILA, Philippines \u2014 Mangroves grow slowly and planting young seedlings cannot substitute for cutting down those that have had years to grow, groups opposed to an airport project in Bulakan town in Bulacan said over the weekend.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

In a joint statement, AGHAM (Advocates of Science and Technology for the People) Diliman and PAMALAKAYA (Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas) said that there is a logging ban on mangrove trees for that reason.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"[It is the] characteristic slow growth rate of most mangrove species that makes them really hard to replace. The extensive root system of mangroves that serves as protection for communities from floods, erosions and storm surges took decades to be established,\" they said. <\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.philstar.com\/nation\/2020\/08\/02\/2032437\/it-will-take-decades-replace-mangroves-cut-down-or-built-over-groups-warn","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/08\/taliptip-mangroves_2020-08-02_17-55-24.jpg","post_date":"August 04, 2020"},{"ID":472,"post_title":"Taliptip folk hang on to their homes as work on Bulacan airport said to continue","post_content":"\n

Gaea Katreena Cabico<\/a>\u00a0(Philstar.com)<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MANILA, Philippines \u2014 Residents of a fishing community in Bulacan accused a major conglomerate of fast tracking the move to uproot them from their homes\u2014the site of a planned airport project\u2014in the middle of coronavirus pandemic.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Shirley Bacon, a resident of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan town, said the remaining families in Sitio Kinse will continue to stand their ground and refuse to leave the waters they call home.\u00a0 The proposed New Manila International Airport\u2014a project of San Miguel Corp.\u2014will be built on 2,500 hectares of fishing and mangrove areas in northern Manila Bay.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMC has said that its infrastructure projects will push through despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.philstar.com\/headlines\/2020\/07\/23\/2030183\/taliptip-folk-hang-their-homes-work-bulacan-airport-said-continue","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/06\/20190913-Site-visit-scaled-e1591282474489.jpg","post_date":"July 27, 2020"},{"ID":470,"post_title":"Bulacan Aerotropolis Project: Goodbye birds, hello big metal birds","post_content":"\n

Jonathan L. Mayuga<\/a>, BusinessMirror<\/p>\n\n\n\n

In an e-mailed message to the BusinessMirror on July 22, Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Oceana vice president, said SMC legal issues hound the Bulacan Aerotropolis project.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Ramos, an environmental lawyer, said SMC still has no Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the airport construction, which, she said, was duly certified to by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as of September 19, 2019.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

She explained that an ECC for the same area was issued to Silvertides Holdings but only for the construction of access road and administration building, and not for a huge project like an international airport.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/businessmirror.com.ph\/2020\/07\/26\/bulacan-aerotropolis-project-goodbye-birds-hello-big-metal-birds\/","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/06\/130119_MANILA-BAY-MIGRATORY-BIRDS_02_riodeluvio-copy.jpg","post_date":"July 27, 2020"},{"ID":465,"post_title":"Fisherfolk Communities Refused to Leave Homes to Accommodate International Airport","post_content":"\n

Teody Bacon, 45, is a resident of Sitio Kinse and has been fishing in Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan for 30 years now.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Bacon is one of the families who are being asked by people allegedly sent by San Miguel Corporation to dismantle their homes to pave the way for an international airport that will be built in this coastal town on Manila Bay.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/oceana.ph\/posts\/3246141872098616?__tn__=K-R","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/O_PR-14.png","post_date":"July 23, 2020"},{"ID":454,"post_title":"Bulacan Int`l Airport to start construction by October \u2013 SMC","post_content":"\n

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 15) \u2014 <\/strong>A new international airport in Bulacan will start construction in the next three months, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the company behind the project, disclosed on Wednesday.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer of SMC, said his group has just received the Justice Department\u2019s review on the project. The company bagged the contract for the P734-B airport back in August last year.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/cnnphilippines.com\/business\/2020\/7\/15\/bulacan-airport-october.html?fbclid#.XxAZ7Tx7Jtg.facebook","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/New-Manila-International-Airport_15_CNNPH.png","post_date":"July 22, 2020"},{"ID":450,"post_title":"STATEMENT: SCIENTIST GROUP OPPOSES RAILROADING OF BULACAN AEROTROPOLIS","post_content":"\n

AGHAM \u2013 Advocates of Science and Technology for the People is alarmed with San Miguel Corporation\u2019s announcement that the construction of the New Manila International Airport, more widely known as the Bulacan Aerotropolis, will begin this October after the Department of Justice has finished reviewing the said project. Despite being approved by various agencies of the government, the project still lacks a very important document, an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/AGHAM.Diliman\/photos\/a.369508223498345\/970542226728272\/","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/108836280_970542230061605_5308568697869726236_o.jpg","post_date":"July 19, 2020"},{"ID":425,"post_title":"Carpio: Cleanliness of Manila Bay affects health, food security","post_content":"\n

GAEA KATRINA CABICO, Philstar.com<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

MANILA, Philippines \u2014 Letting Manila Bay further deteriorate will seriously harm the health of residents in Metro Manila, retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio said as he urged the public to \u201cclean up\u201d the heavily-polluted body of water.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

In an online forum Saturday, Carpio stressed that it is necessary to rehabilitate Manila Bay because majority of the fish consumed by Metro Manila residents come from it and from fish ponds adjacent to the bay.<\/p>\n","url":"https:\/\/www.philstar.com\/headlines\/2020\/06\/28\/2024204\/carpio-cleanliness-manila-bay-affects-health-food-security","featured_image":"https:\/\/www.savemanilabay.ph\/wp-content\/uploads\/2020\/07\/manila-bay-turquoise-22020-04-1618-10-20_2020-06-28_18-45-12.jpg","post_date":"July 06, 2020"}]