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Manila Bay reclamation ‘mind-boggling’ – Duterte

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected reclamation proposals in Manila Bay.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Duterte said the proposed reclamation covering 10,000 hectares from Navotas City to Cavite was “mind-boggling.”

Last December, the Philippine Reclamation Authority said that four reclamation projects in Manila Bay have been given the green light.

The projects are the Navotas City Coastal Bay Reclamation Project, Pasay 360-Hectare Reclamation Project, Pasay 265-Hectare Reclamation Project, Horizon Manila 418-Reclamation Project.

“If it’s an investment to infuse more money into the Philippine economy, it’s OK. But reclaiming 10,000 hectares of the Manila Bay is mind-boggling. There might be some offices and residences,” Duterte said.

The President said he was “not ready” to approve any reclamation project unless measures are in place to protect the environment and the health of the people.

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