BACOOR City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla clarified recently that the proposed 420-hectare reclamation project in the city has not yet started despite accusations hurled by certain groups that oppose the proposed project.
Revilla stressed that there is no ongoing reclamation activity following the filing of charges by a certain group at the Office of the Ombudsman alleging that the local government of Bacoor has kicked off the project.
The local chief executive said that they are still in the process of getting permits for the proposed reclamation in the city.
“The LGU is religiously following the letter of the law so that the Bacoor Reclamation Project may push through in the future. The city government’s proposed reclamation projects are still in the stage of securing our clearances from DENR and permits from PRA,” said Revilla.
“Sumusunod ang LGU sa batas at hindi ko kailanman ilalagay sa alanganin ang buhay at kabuhayan ng aking mgakababayang Bacooreño,” she added.
Revilla also stressed that the claims of these groups were not new, as it stemmed from the old issue of backfilling activities done by private individuals on their respective properties.
“Lumang issue na yan, inimbistigahan ng ating CENRO ang mga alegasyon last year, and in October 2019 a cease and desist order was issued against private individuals who undertook backfilling activities in their properties at agad nang huminto sa kanilang ginagawa,” said the Bacoor City mayor.
She added that the incident was already reported at the PENRO, which is under the Cavite Provincial DENR.
“Ang mga plano natin para sa Bacoor ay para sa ikauunlad, at hindi para mailagay sa alanganin, ang bawat pamilyang Bacooreño,” said Revilla. “Hihintayin ko na lang ang kopya ng complaint kung totoong mayroon, at kumpiyansa akong sa ating pagtugon ay malilinawan ang mga kinauukulan tungkol dito.”
The local government of Bacoor, meantime, reiterated that it has faithfully observed the required legal and administrative processes — including public consultations — to ensure that views of all the stakeholders are heard and their welfare protected.