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Oceana Philippines
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA)
Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC)

Reclamation projects are, basically, dumping and filling of seas that bury mangroves, sea grass beds, corals and other fisheries habitats to have land to build “development” projects. These are, by no less, ecologically disastrous activities that are rampant in the Philippines and opposed by locals, environmental advocates, and civil society networks.

Manila Bay in particular, has been identified by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as a spawning area of sardines, and is still one of the main fishing grounds of artisanal fisherfolk who depend on the sea for their livelihood. Aside from depriving our poor fisherfolk’s families with their basic food and other necessities, these reclamation projects violate our laws and should be stopped.

Why does the government support these kinds of projects despite its constitutional mandate to ensure the right of the people to a balanced ecology? Why are these projects approved without complying with the laws? What are the people’s courses of actions to stop these projects?

Find out more in the summit program and about the protest action slated on March 27.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Bay Leaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila

Time Topic Speaker
9:45-10:20 Restoring Manila Bay and Protecting the People Atty. Jay Batongbacal
Director, Institute of Maritime Affairs and Laws of the Sea
University of the Philippines
10:20-10:55 The Non-negotiable Right to a Healthful and Balanced Ecology and Public Participation Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos
Vice President
Oceana Philippines
10:55-11:30 Urban Planning and Master Plans for a Livable City Arch. Maria Faith Varona
College of Architecture
University of the Philippines (TBC)
11:30-12:00 PM Open Forum
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Overview of Reclamation Projects Community Lessons: Sharing of Current Issues Community Sharing (15 minutes each)
1.       Cebu (Save Earth and Life)
2.       Manila Bay – Bulacan (Akap Ka)
3.       Manila Bay – Cavite (Pamalakaya)
4.       Laguna Lake (Save Laguna Lake)
2:30-2:50 Legal Remedies and Community Empowerment Atty. Jennifer Ramos
Legal and Policy DirectorOceana Philippines
2:50-2:55 Open Forum
2:55-3:15 Environmental Impact Statement System Atty. Rose-Liza Eisma Osorio
Managing Trustee
Philippine Earth Justice Center
3:15-4:15 Workshop/ Breakout Sessions Facilitator: Kalikasan and CEC (Tentative: Agham)
4:15-4:45 Plenary/ Presentation of Results
4:45-5:00 Closing Remarks Fernando Hicap,
National Chairperson, Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Harbour Square, Pedro Bukaneg St., CCP Complex, Manila
Save Manila Bay, Stop Reclamation Regatta in Manila Bay
5:30 am Convergence of fishing boats, dragon boats and yachts coming from Cavite and Baseco, Tondo, Manila
6:00-7:00 am Cultural dance, speakers from fisherfolk, urban poor, dragon boat teams, bird clubs, Manila Yacht Club, other groups wanting to save Manila Bay


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, Bay Leaf Hotel, Intramuros, Manila




9:00-9:15 Scientific Studies on Hazards, Risks and Impacts Mr. Narod Eco
Research Assistant, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines
9:15-9:30 Scientific Studies on Ecosystems Impact Dr. Rene Rollon
Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology
University of the Philippines (TBC)
9:30-9:45 Oceanography Impacts Dr. Fernando Siringan
Director, Marine Science Institute,
University of the Philippines (TBC)
9:45-9:55 Reactor Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda
Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (TBC)
9:55-10:10 Community Studies on the Impacts of Reclamation Ms. Devralin Lagos
College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines
10:10-10:25 Social Impacts of Reclamation Dr. Emma Porio
Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University (TBC)
10:25-10:40 Human Rights and Gender Rights Violated by Reclamation Kalikasan PNE (TBC)
10:40-10:50 Reactor Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III Undersecretary for Operations, Department of the Interior and Local Government (TBC)
10:50-11:30 Open Forum
11:30-11:45 Coalition statement and electoral challenge to national and local candidates