Bird sanctuary in danger of becoming a hornet’s nest

THE city government of Parañaque, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are expected to lock horns this month when they meet to discuss a proposed ordinance to ban breeding pigeons within a 13-kilometer radius from the airport.

Airport general manager Jose Angel A. Honrado supports the ban, including closing a portion of the Parañaque-Las Piñas Bird Sanctuary.

Joseph Agustin, officer-in-charge of the Airport Grounds Operations and Safety Division, said Parañaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. had written Honrado asking for MIAA’s cooperation in fast-tracking the approval of the proposed ordinance.

“We are now in close coordination with the main author of the proposed ordinance by Councilor Ricardo Baes, and by early next week, we shall have furnished him (Bernabe) the final draft of the proposed legislation,” Agustin said.

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