Gov’t processing 22 Manila Bay reclamation projects

A total of 22 reclamation projects are planned along Manila Bay that will affect --- and likely pollute --- a 22,000-hectare area of the body of water, an official of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) admitted to lawmakers on Monday. At a hearing of the House Metro Manila development committee, Joseph Literal, PRA assistant general manager for reclamation and regulation, said the agency was currently processing 22 applications from developers. 11-percent coverage Once approved, the projects would cover 22,000 ha or about 11 percent of the bay's 1,994-square-kilometer area. Due to questions posed by Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, the House body learned that the PRA...

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