Fisherfolk group decry lack of relocation plan for SMC Aerotropolis design

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Pamalakay-Bulacan has decried the lack of relocation plan for San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) Aerotropolis design in the coastal areas of the province and possible ecological imbalance that it may cause.

In a statement, it pointed out that SMC has already released to media its architectural design for the New Manila International Airport that will be constructed in Bulakan town.

Rodel Alvarez, Pamalakaya-Bulacan spokesperson said “Amid the intricacy and sophistication of the airport project, the residents and fisherfolk are seemingly left out in the whole design,”.

“These designs only show a one-sided view of the project where supposed convenience in transportation is being peddled to travelers, yet depriving us of the grander view that it will bring imminent flooding around coastal and low-lying areas,” Alvarez noted.

Pamalakaya-Bulacan also feared the airport project would create intense flooding in the low-lying areas of the province, particularly to the towns and cities adjacent to its location.

The Department of Transportation has recently announced that no other competitors presented counter-proposals in the Swiss challenge for the construction of the airport that is likely to start by the end of the year.

The group also announced that they will proceed on August 15 to the Central Luzon office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to protest the issuance of the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) for the construction of the international airport.

Pamalakaya-Bulacan noted that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 3 awarded the ECC to the Silvertides Corporation, a subcontracting company under SMC, to backfill over 2,000 hectares of fishing and mangrove grounds. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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