Dumaguete bishop: Reclamation project will create ‘underwater cemetery’

August 20, 2021

Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete has warned that an “underwater cemetery” will replace the city’s vibrant coastal ecosystem if the P23-billion reclamation project pushes through.

He said the offshore reclamation will directly affect “174 hectares of marine life that host seagrass, coral reefs, habitats of various species.”

“Reclaiming 174 hectares of this littoral zone will logically create 174 hectares of underwater cemeteries,” Cortes said,

He made the statement on Tuesday in an online forum organized by the UST Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics.

The bishop said that the “so-called Smart city” will inevitably “pollute” the surrounding environment caused by human activities in the reclamation island.

He said even if the intention of the project promotes “economic exchange and profit,” he insists that it would lead to an “ecological crisis.”

“The delicate littoral ecosystem off the coast of Dumaguete City, is a common good that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces,” said Cortes, who also chairs the Episcopal Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Church.

The prelate reiterated that as “stewards” it is not enough to be aware of environmental issues and ecological concerns but to be “role models” of “ecological spirituality” rooted in moral principle.

Related Articles

Will climate become an ‘election issue’ in 2025?

Will climate become an ‘election issue’ in 2025?

Will 2025 finally be the year? The climate crisis has never been more relevant, from the halls of Congress to daily living. The impacts of extreme heat are increasingly being felt at the household level, from the suspension of classes to concerns about the supply of...

The biggest killers of Filipinos: Fossil fuels and vehicles

The biggest killers of Filipinos: Fossil fuels and vehicles

The reliance of the world economy on the burning of fossil fuels, oil, and gas continues to drive up global temperatures. The sweltering heat of the past three months is just a small indication of what it will be like in the years to come. Every year is hotter than...

Synodality and its Silences 

Synodality and its Silences 

Why the deafening silence? How can we not listen? Why are we not protesting? Who is accountable and how can we make them accountable? What do we need to do?


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This