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Manila’s Ordinance 7177 will reverse efforts to clean Pasig River, Manila Bay | May 20, 2009

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza (left) hands to ABS-CBN Foundation/Bantay Kalikasan Managing Director Regina Paz L. Lopez a copy of the memorandum of understanding which they signed during the Forum on Philippine Rivers held at the DENR’s Social Hall in Quezon City. The DENR and Bantay Kalikasan have agreed to pursue the rehabilitation and development of the Metro Manila River Basin, which covers Manila Bay, Laguna Lake and Pasig River. Atienza, who keynoted the river forum held in celebration of the Philippine Water Week, lamented the degraded condition of 50 of the 421 principal rivers in the country as he called on all sectors of society to actively participate in the clean-up of all rivers, lakes, streams and other water bodies.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza (left) hands to ABS-CBN Foundation/Bantay Kalikasan Managing Director Regina Paz L. Lopez a copy of the memorandum of understanding which they signed during the Forum on Philippine Rivers held at the DENR’s Social Hall in Quezon City. The DENR and Bantay Kalikasan have agreed to pursue the rehabilitation and development of the Metro Manila River Basin, which covers Manila Bay, Laguna Lake and Pasig River. Atienza, who keynoted the river forum held in celebration of the Philippine Water Week, lamented the degraded condition of 50 of the 421 principal rivers in the country as he called on all sectors of society to actively participate in the clean-up of all rivers, lakes, streams and other water bodies.

The approval of City Ordinance No. 7177 by the Manila City Council will totally reverse government’s efforts in cleaning up the Pasig River and the Manila Bay.

City Ordinance No.7177 would adversely affect efforts of the national government and other sectors concerned with saving Manila Bay and improving the waters of Pasig River because it does not only allow the permanent stay of the oil depots in Pandacan but also invites highly polluting and extremely hazardous industries to come in and stay within the Pasig River area and inside the city of Manila.

Kapag bumalik an mga industriya along the Pasig River, tapos na ang pagsisikap natin sa paglilinis ng Pasig River, at ang ating pagsisikap na linisin ang Manila Bay ay mawawalan na rin ng saysay.

If current Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim does not perform his duty, I will perform our task in protecting the good health and security of the city of Manila by exercising DENR’s authority over environmental matters.

No activity is exempt from the requirement of an environmental compliance certification. If we are forced, then we will be compelled to take a position because it is really against the environmental laws to have oil depots in thickly populated areas like Pandacan.

During my term as Mayor of Manila, I approved the passage of Ordinance No. 8027 mandating the Big Three oil companies to gradually cease operations of their oil depots in Pandacan. The recent ruling of the Supreme Court upholding the legality of the said ordinance is a partial victory for the City of Manila. The efforts of the current City Council to amend Ordinance No. 8027 with Ordinance No. 7177 has dampened the initial triumph of the people of Pandacan and has placed the safety of the entire Metropolis in jeopardy. In the SC decision it was clearly stated that: “Based on the hierarchy of constitutionally protected rights, the right to life enjoys precedence over the right to property.”

I enjoin our countrymen to support our consistent stand against the continued stay of the oil depots in Manila. Sustainable development can only be achieved if the safety of human beings and the proper care for our environment does not take a backseat to industrialism.

Below is Ordinance 7177 recently passed by the City Council of Manila:

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
CITY COUNCIL
MANILA

ORDINANCE NO. 7177

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 8119 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE MANILA COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN AND ZONING ORDINANCE OF 2006” BY CREATING A MEDIUM INDUSTRIAL ZONE (1-2) AND HEAVY INDUSTRIAL ZONE (1-3) AND PROVIDING FOR ITS ENFORCEMENT

AUTHORED BY:
HON. ARLENE W. KOA
1st District, Manila

Be it ordained by the City Council of Manila, THAT:

SECTION 1. Ordinance No. 8119, otherwise known as the “Manila Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance of 2006” is hereby amended by creating a Medium Industrial Zone (1-2) and Heavy Industrial Zone (1-3) as follows:

1. Use Regulations in Medium Industrial Zone (1-2)
An 1-2 Zone shall be for Pollutive/Non-Hazardous and Pollutive/Hazardous manufacturing and processing establishments. Enumerated below are the allowable uses:

a. Pollutive/Hazardous Industries

1. Manufacture and canning of ham
2. Poultry processing and canning
3. Large-scale manufacture of ice cream
4. Corn/Rice Mill
5. Chocolate and Cocoa Factory
6. Candy Factory
7. Chewing Gum Factory
8. Peanut and other nuts factory
9. Other chocolate and confectionary products
10. Manufacture of flavoring extracts
11. Manufacture of food products n.e.c (vinegar,vetsin)
12. Manufacture of fish meal
13. Oyster shell grading
14. Manufacture of medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations
15. Manufacture of stationary, art goods, cut stone and marble products
16. Manufacture of abrasive products
17. Manufacture of miscellaneous non-metallic mineral products n.e.c
18. Manufacture of cutlery, except table flatware
19. Manufacture of hand tools
20. Manufacture of general hardware
21. Manufacture of miscellaneous cutlery hand tools and general hardware n.e.c
4. Manufacturing of unprepared animal feeds, other grain milling n.e.c
5. Production prepared feed for animals
6. Cigar and cigarette factory
7. Curing and redrying tobacco leaves
8. Miscellaneous processing tobacco leaves
9. Weaving hemp textile
10. Jute spinning and weaving
11. Miscellaneous spinning and weaving mills
12. Hosiery mill
13. Underwear and outwear knitting mills
14. Fabric knitting mills
15. Miscellaneous knitting mills n.e.c
16. Manufacture of mats and mattings
17. Manufacture of carpets and rugs
18. Manufacture of cordage, rope and twine
19. Manufacture of related products from abaca, hemp cotton, paper etc.
20. Manufacture of linoleum and other surfaced coverings
21. Manufacture of machines for leather and leather products
22. Manufacture of construction machinery
23. Manufacture of clay, stove and glass industries
24. Manufacture, assembly, repair, rebuilding of miscellaneous special industry machinery and equipment n.e.c
25. Manufacture of dry cells, storage battery and other batteries
26.Boat building and repairing
27. Ship repairing industry, dock yards, dry dock, shipways
28. Miscellaneous shipbuilding and repairing n.e.c
29. Manufacture of locomotives and parts
30. Manufacture of railroads and street cars
31. Manufacture or assembly of automobiles, cars, buses, trucks and trailers
32. Manufacture of wood furniture including upholstered
33. Manufacture of rattan furniture including upholstered
34. Manufacture of box beds and mattresses

2. Use Regulations in Heavy Industrial Zone (1-3)

An 1-3 Zone shall be for highly Pollutive/Non-Hazardous; Pollutive/Hazardous; highly Pollutive/Extremely Hazardous; Non-Pollutive/Extremely Hazardous; and Pollutive/Extremely Hazardous manufacturing and processing establishments. Enumerated below are the allowable uses:

a. Highly Pollutive/Non-Hazardous Industries

1. Meat processing, curing, preserving except processing of ham, bacon, sausage and chicharon
2. Milk processing plants (manufacturing filled, reconstituted, or recombined milk, condensed or evaporated)
3. Butter and cheese processing plants
4. Natural fluid milk processing (pasteurizing, homogenizing, vitaminizing, bottling of animal milk and cream related products)
5. Other dairy products n.e.c
6. Canning and preserving of fruits and fruit juices
7. Canning and preserving of vegetables and vegetable juices
8. Canning and preserving of vegetable sauces
9. Miscellaneous canning and preserving of fruits and vegetables, n.e.c
10. Fish canning
11. Patis factory
12. Bagoong factory
13. Processing, preserving and canning of fish and other seafoods n.e.c
14. Manufacture of dessicated coconut
15. Manufacture of starch and its products
16. Manufacture of wines from juices of local fruits
17. Manufacture of malt and malt liquors
18. Manufacture of softdrinks carbonated water
19. Manufacture of instant beverages and syrups
20. Other non-alcoholic beverages, n.e.c
21. Other slaughtering, preparing and preserving meat products, n.e.c

b. Highly Pollutive/Hazardous Industries
1. Vegetable oil mills, including coconut oil
2. Manufacture of refined cooking oil and margarine
3. Manufacture of fish, marine and other animal oils
4. Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats n.e.c
5. Sugar cane milling (centrifugal and refined)
6. Sugar refining
7. Muscovado Sugar mill
8. Distilled, rectified and blended liquors, n.e.c
9. Cotton textile mill
10. Ramie textile mill
11. Rayon and other man made fiber textile mill
12. Bleaching and drying mills
13. Manufacture of narrow fabrics
14. Tanneries and leather finishing plants
15. Pulp mills
16. Paper and paperboard mills
17. Manufacture of fiberboard
18. Manufacture of inorganic salts and compounds
19. Manufacture of soap and cleaning preparations
20. Manufacture of hydraulic cement
21. Manufacture of lime
22. Manufacture of plaster
23. Products of blast furnace, steel works and rolling mills
24. Product of iron and steel foundries
25. Manufacture of smelled and refined non-ferrous metals
26. Manufacture of rolled, drawn or astruded non-ferrous metals
27. Manufacture of non-ferrous foundry products
c. Highly Pollutive/Extremely Hazardous Industries

1. Manufacture of industrial alcohols
2. Other basic industrial chemicals
3. Manufacture of fertilizers
4. Manufacture of pesticides
5. Manufacture of synthetic resins, plastic materials and man made fibers except glass
6. Petroleum refineries and oil depots
7. Manufacture of reclaimed, blended and compound petroleum products
8. Manufacture of miscellaneous products of petroleum and coal

d. Pollutive/Extremely Hazardous Industries

1. Manufacture of paints
2. Manufacture of varnishes, shellac and stains
3. Manufacture of paint removers
4. Manufacture of other paint products
5. Manufacture of matches
6. Manufacture of tires and inner tubes
7. Manufacture of processed natural rubber not in rubber plantation
8. Manufacture of miscellaneous rubber products, n.e.c

e. Non-Pollutive / Extremely Hazardous Industries

1. Manufacture of compressed and liquefied gases
2. Radio active substance and poison processing

SECTION 2. The land use where the existing industries are located, the operation of which are permitted under section 1 hereof, are hereby classified as Industrial Use.

The City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) shall prepare an amended Zoning Mao and Zoning Boundaries which shall be submitted to the City Council for review.

SECTION 3. The Zoning Fees shall be P 10/sq.m. of Total Floor Area for MEDIUM INDUSTRIAL ZONE (1-2) and P10/sq.m. of Total Floor Area for HEAVY INDUSTRIAL ZONE (1-3).

SECTION 4. All provision under existing ordinances which are inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed , amended, rescinded or modified accordingly.

SECTION 5. This ordinance shall take effect 15 (fifteen) days after its publication in accordance with law.


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