Villar Foundation has always been known for its environmental advocacies all over the Philippines. Led by Mrs. Cynthia Villar as its Managing Director, several projects and reformations has been in placed and being implemented all over and this includes the protection of Manila Bay. Recently, Mrs. Villar has filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan against a reclamation project along the Bacoor-Las Pinas-Parañaque coastline of Manila Bay.
The petition asks the Supreme Court to stop the Parañaque and Las Piñas Coastal Bay Project because it will result in the destruction of wildlife habitat in the area and expose the residents of the cities of Las Piñas and Parañaque and the municipality of Bacoor and their properties to great risk of flooding. The Supreme Court recognized Villar’s petition and issued a Writ of Kalikasan the following month, in April.
Meanwhile, Villar Foundation has linked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) as represented by radio station DZRH in its Manila Bay Cleanup Drive. MBC or DZRH led this project last Saturday, August 25, 2012 along the coastline of Manila Bay from Navotas to Bacoor Cavite. This aims to help promote any and all efforts in relation to the promotion of sustainable ecosystem of Manila Bay.
During the typhoon Gener, MMDA reported that at least 500 tons of garbage washed away to shore by the storm surge and was collected in the manila Bay area. It tool weeks to completely collect the big piles of garbage.
Together with 1,000 volunteers from schools, barangays, NGOs, socio-civic organizations and other private individuals and groups joined the cleanup drive. Las Piñas – Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area of LPPCHEA is their assigned garbage cleanup.
“We have always been concerned about the condition of the Manila Bay. The recent typhoons have shown all of us the bay’s decaying state due to people’s indiscriminate throwing and dumping of garbage there. Regular cleanup drives such as this are always a good idea,” said Villar.
The cleanup drive activities took place from 7am – 11am onwards and the garbage collected will be turned over to appropriate government solid waste collector in the area.
“The Villar Foundation and DZRH agree that this is a joint cooperative undertaking, but more importantly, it is a major public service activity that shall help contribute to the promotion of a livable, healthier and ecological sustainable Manila Bay,” cited the MoA.
“We will continue to support campaigns or drives to protect Manila Bay and neighboring areas including LPPCHEA. At the same, time, we will continue to oppose projects that will cause damage and destruction to the bay and nearby cities,” cited Villar.
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