Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today hit the Quezon City government for taking over the seven-hectare Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound along EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, allegedly due to the latter’s failure to settle unpaid real estate tax obligations.
The levied lot, according to the QC government, will eventually be used for a high-rise commercial center that faces EDSA, which developers, touted claim will become the “second tallest tower in the world.”
“Una sinubukan nilang paalisin ang Philippine Children’s Medical Center na naglilingkod sa mga bata, ngayon naman mga halaman at puno and gusto nilang tanggalin. What’s next? Pushing for the transfer of government offices like the Philippine Science High School and the Office of the Ombudsman to make way for even more commercial expansions? This is aggressively pushing so-called development that primarily benefits foreign investors at the expense of communities and nature,” said Rep. Zarate
Bayan Muna decries this recent move by the QC government to eliminate another of the city’s few remaining green spaces.
For decades, the seedling bank has given urban residents access to seedlings of native or fruit-bearing trees, vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants. It is also located right beside the 20-hectare Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, which is a sanctuary to many flora and fauna species (including native plants) and a place for families and ordinary residents to enjoy nature in the heart of the city. Together, the seedling bank and the park are a pair of “green lungs” in the middle of the congested city space.