People's Summit on the Impacts of Reclamation

October 24-25, 2012, University of the Philippines Diliman

About the 2012 Summit

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Past experiences on land reclamation projects have proven to be disadvantageous to fishing communities and their environment. The Pamalakaya fisherfolk federation recalled that land reclamation paved the way for the demolition of fishing communities along Manila Bay and the destruction of rich mangrove areas during the time of former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos.

This predicament bound to be replicated on a national scale via the national reclamation plan merits the staging of the first ever People’s Summit on the Impacts of Reclamation. It is a concrete response and an indictment of massive land reclamation across municipal waters, coastal resources, rivers and bays that would sacrifice people’s livelihood, at the very least.

The People’s Summit on the Impacts of Reclamation is a two-day summit and poster exhibit of related environmental studies and community advocacies and struggles against massive land reclamation projects.

The Summit washeld on October 24- 25, 2012 at the  College of Science Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Summit Organizers

Summit Organizers


The summit hopes to gather concerned citizens for a critical study of the National Reclamation Plan and call for a moratorium on the implementation of the plan until a more transparent, consultative and sound reclamation development schemSummit Organizers Summit Organizerse is established.

At the end of the 2-day Summit, participants will have:

1)   Gained a better understanding of the National Reclamation Plan, including reclamation as a development option;

2)  Caught lessons on recent anti-reclamation struggles from other provinces and cities where land reclamation projects have been planned and/or implemented;

3)    Learned about scientific studies and legal options on coastal resources and reclamation impacts and how best to address related environmental concerns;

4)   Established a network and planned for common activities to engage national and local government in calling for a moratorium on the implementation of the National Reclamation Plan.

 Download the Summit concept paper and program here


8 thoughts on “About the 2012 Summit

  1. Sorry i will be out of the city on those two days but am interested in the handouts and future activites. thanks. sr. emelina Villegas

  2. Hi I am Ms. Rachel T. Baldonado, of Mariano Marcos Memorial High School
    I am very much interested in joining this activity, however due to a commitment on October 24 and will be the facilitator to the School-Based Inset in our school which is scheduled on October 24-25, on the topic “Education is Adaptation” I am sure I cannot attend the said summit. I wish I could have some of the handouts and the development of the said summit. I also wish to attend if there will be another set of activity. Thank you in advanced and God bless!

  3. Dear Madam, we will be posting the presentations of the speakers and other outputs of the summit on this website so you can easily refer to the materials. Thank you.

  4. Dear Sister, summit outputs and materials will be posted on this website for your reference. Thank you and warm regards from CEC.

  5. It is 10 February 2013–what has happened since the summit and since the Aquino government declared massive reclamation under its PPP program?

  6. Hi! Since the Summit, we have firmed up the network in implementation of the Summit resolution. The network is now called People’s NICHE(Network for the Integrity of Coastal Habitats and People’s Resilience). Anyone concerned and who adheres to the Unity Declaration, is free to join. Kindly check out the Unity Declaration. We have an egroup, for coordination. The Organizing Committee of the Summit has met last January to finalize the Summit’s proposed action, among which is the launch of People’s NICHE, at a recent press conference (Feb 7) at the Malate Church (see photos in the Home Page). Ms Marian Roces joined that meeting and invited us to join and mobilize for the Save the Sunset event today (which we are now doing). We have also linked up with a Bulacan and a Cavite group re their respective concerns. We are doing community education, working on possible legal suits, as well as legislative proposals to press our call for “Restoration not Reclamation.” – Frances Quimpo, executive director, CEC (for the Organizing Committee)

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