Philippine diocese fights ‘smart city’ plan – UCA News

A Catholic bishop has voiced opposition to a huge reclamation project underway to build a “smart city” in the central Philippines, saying it could have a devastating impact on communities and coastal ecosystems. Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete said local authorities needed to consider the environmental and social implications the 174-hectare project — a commercial and residential hub with malls, condominiums and a marina — would have on his diocese in Negros Oriental province. In a radio interview on July 15, he said he would never tire of fighting for the environment and the ideals contained in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.

Philippine diocese fights ‘smart city’ plan – UCA News

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