Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 11, 2011
Bye Bye Birdies
by Riza Olchondra
Bird lovers in Metro Manila have cause for
worry these days. The government has apparently issued an
environmental clearance certificate for a project that could
result in the “slow death” of a bird sanctuary
right alongside the Coastal Road in Metro Manila. In short,
the project is a “go.”
A copy of the ECC dated March 24 and signed
by lawyer Juan Miguel T. Cuna, OIC director of the environmental
department’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB),
said the project “ shall cover the reclamation and development
of about 635.14 hectares located along the coast of Paranaque
and Las Pinas.
A letter attached to the ECC does say that
the proponent is expected to make sure that “environmental
considerations shall be incorporated in all phases and aspects
of the project.” The EMB also said it will be monitoring
the project periodically to ensure compliance with the conditions
cited in the ECC.
However, a source said that while the reclamation
and construction work were supposed to be in an area behind
the bird sanctuary, the development would disrupt the water
flow from Manila Bay and expose the sanctuary’s inhabitants
to greater risk of pollution.
If the worst wipes out the birds, what will
be left to love on the coast ?