Eews Essay

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I. ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS Birds of Coastal Lagoon | By: Dennis P. Liuag Philippine Daily Inquirer July 17, 2011Metro Manila could lose the remaining wetlands and last refuge for endemic Philippine Ducks on its southern coastline if the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) pushes through with extensive reclamation and real estate development plans in that part of Manila Bay.The proposed Three Island Reclamation and Development Project, a P14-billion joint venture of the PRA and Cyber Bay Corp., involves 635 hectares of upscale private residential, commercial and tourism estate. The project is beside the protected mangroves, lagoons and ponds designated as the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) considers the reclamation project a serious menace to the mangroves and lagoons. The site is an important feeding and rest area for endangered birds that migrate south to escape the harsh winter in China, Japan and Siberia. The mangroves also serve as natural barriers to storm surges, provide spawning grounds for marine life and filter pollutants from the water.Delightful break“In the past years, the lush open spaces of these coastal wetlands have provided residents and commuters with a delightful break from the incessant assault of concrete, glass and steel which have become poor substitutes for an authentically uplifting bayside view,” said urban planner Anna Maria M. Gonzales.Gonzales, who has worked closely with conservation groups in promoting the 175-hectare protected habitat, said “counterparts around Asia take care to preserve natural habitats yet the PRA conveniently ignores public interest and basic science while agreeing to haphazard development leading to destruction of environmentally critical sites.”Furthermore, the PRA plan threatens to erode the already precarious situation of

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