Manila Baywatch 2023

Ever since the aerial photographs of the ongoing Manila Bay reclamation spread on social media earlier in the year, reclamation has been one of the negative buzzwords of today. And to be quite honest, I both understood, and didn’t understand, what all the negativity was about. Understood because there is the knee-jerk reaction to say reclamation is bad for the environment. Didn’t understand because it’s not like the said reclamation happened overnight – it would have taken years of planning and securing LGU approval; and this is not the first time that reclamation projects have been undertaken in our fair city.