Cordova town is expected to lose sea grass and other marine life during the 10-hectare reclamation for a roll-on-roll-off port.
The damage was acknowledged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which issued an Environemntal Compliance Certificate in March 2, 2010.
In the Impact Management Plan (IMP) of the agency, Cordova is required to “compensate” for the loss by “supporting any project to increase sea grass and other species and rehabilitation in another area”.
As a condition of the ECC, Cordova also has to raise 100,000 mangrove seedlings in a nursery within one year and plant them in any potential aeras and make sure at least 25 per cent survive.
The ECC was issued to Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy as the project proponent.
In recent interviews, the mayor insisted the reclamation was a project of the Provincial Capitol, not Cordova town.
However, the ECC states that the local government has to set up marker buoys and containment nets to limit destruction to the marine eco system.
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