Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada: SUSPEND the Building permit of Torre De Manila
  • Petitioned Alfredo R. Austria

This petition was delivered to:

DMCI Homes President
Alfredo R. Austria
DMCI Homes Marketing Manager
Jan Venturanza
Chairman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Maria Serena I. Diokno
Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Felipe de Leon, Jr.
Mayor Of the City Of Manila
Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada
Council, City of Manila
Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing
Manila City Planning Office
Arch. Dennis Lacuña

Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada: SUSPEND the Building permit of Torre De Manila

    1. Carlos P. Celdran
    2. Petition by

      Carlos P. Celdran

      Manila, Philippines

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November 2013

Victory

The Manila City Council unanimously passed a resolution temporarily suspending the building permit of DMCI’s Torre de Manila. More than just a victory for the sanctity of the image of Jose Rizal's monument, let this be a wake up call to real estate buyers to make sure that the investment you are looking at follows proper zoning guidelines and local ordinances. Usually, if the condominium looks out of place and burdensome, it means that it is exactly that. Caveat emptor.

Never have I seen Luneta so clean and so full of hope. Thanks to the efforts of former director Jett Villegas, the fountains of Rizal Park finally work, the grass is being replaced, and the long abandoned waterfall works again. Even the smokestacks, which have blighted the sightline of our national hero’s monument for decades have finally been demolished. Today, the sightline of the Jose Rizal has never been so perfect.

But not for long. If DMCI Holdings has their way, they’re going to COMPLETE a FIFTY STOREY mid-range condominium complex in the sightline RIGHT behind our national hero. So from hereon, everytime you take a photo or look at our National Hero and think of him - you will also take in the sight of this Terror of Manila above anything else. 

Not only is this building offensive to our national hero, our national identity and all things good and true - but it’s also a ridiculous investment. Think about it, this building will be built in a lot SANDWICHED behind the former Jai-Alai lot FORTY meters AWAY from Taft Avenue itself. Think about the traffic, the congestion and the inconvenience of going through that driveway just to get to the road. The road also seems inadequate for fire trucks should this 50 storey building catch fire. 

TORRE DE MANILA is also located in the University Cluster area of Manila, an already crowded area which has limitations on its height as deemed by zoning laws. These violations have been noticed by the Manila City Council last year and a resolution has been passed for DMCI Homes to desist. But in a blatant and wanton disregard of the Manila City Council - DMCI Homes has proceeded with construction with IMPUNITY.

I now appeal to fellow Filipinos to implore Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada to impose a TRO on the building permit of DMCI HOMES Torre De Manila and DEMAND THAT DMCI rethink this project. 

Let DMCI know that we FILIPINOS refuse to have their Torre De Manila Condominium ruin the sanctity of the Rizal sightline and jeopardise the surrounding community with their zoning violations.

Tell DMCI your disgust through their fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/dmcihomesofficial

LIKE/SHARE/RT this petition's fanpage: 
https://www.facebook.com/NOtoDMCIsTerrordeManila

Tell your family and friends NOT to patronize this DMCI project.

Tell your family and friends to preserve the beautiful building-free skyline view of the Rizal Shrine.

Tell your family and friends that Torre De Manila is in violation of zoning laws.

More reasons why this project is NOT a good idea: 
http://tinyurl.com/NOtoDMCI-TerrorDeManila

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Proposed: “Historical & Cultural Monuments Preservation & Protection” Ord.

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks to the Manila City Council, they have passed on 1st reading in their last session this proposed “Historical and Cultural Monuments Preservation and Protection” Ordinance. It seeks to, moving forward, prohibit the construction of anything that will ruin the line of sight of any historical and cultural monument in Manila. Here's a copy of the proposed resolution: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/24802376/Proposed%20Ordinance%20-%20Historical%20Monument%20Preservation.pdf (Got comments, suggestions on this resolution? Let us know in the comments/PM so we can relay it to the councilors. Thanks!)

    3. Resolution vs Torre de Manila's building permit

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Here's a copy of the Resolution, which was "unanimously passed and approved by the city council during its July 24 session. It seeks for the City Building Official to temporarily suspend the building permit issued for the construction of the Torre De Manila until an acceptable design is approved by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) upon proper compliance with the NHCP set standards and policy guidelines." Download here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/24802376/Resolution%20-%20Suspension%20of%20Permit.pdf (Copy furnished by office of Manila Coun. DJ Bagatsing, Chairman, Committee on Tourism)

    4. DMCI to proceed with Torre de Manila project despite online protest

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Notwithstanding the fact that (1) there was an ongoing city council hearing on the issue where (2) city bldg officials and DMCI reps were invited and were a no-show, and that (3) it has been determined that the Torre de Manila violates zoning ordinances -- the Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim still proceeded to approve DMCI's building permit on July 5! What do you do with a city mayor that approves a bldg project knowing full well it violates the city's own laws?!?

    5. Manila City Council recommends filing of raps vs DMCI, Mla Bldg Officials

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      The Manila city council is set to file complaints in court against local government and corporate executives involved in the construction of a 40-story condominium which critics say would mar the view of Rizal Park.
      The council unanimously approved on Thursday a report from the oversight and ad hoc committees stating that DMCI Homes could be held liable for violating the zoning ordinance and that city building officials could be cited for graft for granting a permit for the Torre de Manila project on Taft Avenue, Ermita. More details in link below.

    6. DMCI, Ayala Land under fire for Manila Land Use, Zoning Code ‘violations’

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      After the June 29 public hearing by the Manila City Council. Councilor Ernesto Isip, chair of the committee on laws and spokesperson of Manila City Council said that DMCI and Ayala Land have violated Section 22 and Section 47 of Ordinance 8119, also known as the Manila Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

      In the meantime, we've now reached over 4300 signatures. Your continued support matter. Please spread the word on this issue! Big thanks!

    7. Reached 4,000 signatures
    8. DMCI founder Dave Consunji among country's $ billionaires accdg to Forbes

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Consunji patriarch and DMCI founder Dave Consunji gets vote of confidence from Winnie Monsod in this article of hers. Consunji is in the news for being among 15 Filipinos in the recent Forbes Billionaires list.

      Does Mr. Consunji really want to ruin his good name via this distasteful DMCI project called Torre de Manila? At now 91 yrs old, does the old man really want to tarnish his reputation this way and esp. in his twilight years?

      The Torre de Manila is ill-advised, ill-conceived and insensitive to Jose Rizal's legacy. Doesn't sound like one the old Consunji will be proud of to be associated to his name.

    9. Further update on the Public Hearing last Friday

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      It is heartwarming to hear from the City Council that they are also opposed to the Torre de Manila project, with Councilor Jocelyn Dauis pointing out a zoning violation on the floor area ratio of the DMCI project based on published plans of the project. Aside from that, they are principally opposed as they too agree that the Torre de Manila project will serve to ruin the Rizal Park sightline. Another condo project, a Sta. Ana Skies condo project from Ayala Land's Amaia, was also tackled for it being in violation of Sta. Ana's classification as a heritage zone. It is great to know that the Manila City Council, along with VM Isko Moreno, are conscientious public servants and know the kind of respect and honor that must be rendered to the national hero Jose Rizal.

    10. More than 3700 signatures as of June 24 (Sun)! On to 5000!

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks everyone, we're now more than 3700 signatures strong! We can definitely hit more than 5000 by next Friday's 2nd public hearing on this - and that shall definitely further strengthen our case vs DMCI's Torre de Manila. Have you asked all your (1) friends, (2) family, (3) classmates, (4) co-workers or (5) neighbors to sign this petition? It's time you did! Everyone deserves to be informed if some party is out to destroy their national hero's park. It is OUR park, not just a Manilenyos park. This is OUR heritage, thus it is EVERYBODY's fight.

    11. Update: Manila City Council Public Hearing on the Torre de Manila issue

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Last Friday, June 22, Carlos Celdran passed on our Change.org petition with 3300+ names to the Manila City Council. After which the council proceeded with the public hearing on the Torre de Manila issue. However, no representatives from DMCI nor from the City Building Office showed up, much to the dismay of the council. The council however appears to be unanimous in its opposition of the project. Thanks to Carlos Celdran of Walk This Way, to Ivan ManDy of Old Manila Walks, and Noel de Guia of Knights of Rizal who served as resource persons during the hearing. The Manila City Council, in the interest of due process, is giving DMCI and the City Building Office to show up on the next hearing on June 29, 2PM, so that their side may be heard. Thanks also to the others in the media gallery who came to support the petition.

      Next week, watch the proceedings online via epol.tv.

    12. Protest vs DMCI's Torre de Manila featured in ABS-CBN show

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Thank you, Mr. Celdran, for being the voice and face for all of us (now more than 3000 in fact!) who wish to have the memory of our national hero respected and would also like a pristine sightline in our park. At the link, Carlos Celdran is featured in Umakang Kay Ganda, for his opposition to DMCI's Torre de Manila project.

      The news clip also features Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno who has expressed his own bewilderment at how such a development got a permit when the area where the project is to be built is an institutional area.

      Today, FRIDAY (June 22) at 2PM, will be the Manila City Council's PUBLIC HEARING on Torre de Manila. Venue at the Manila City Hall. Show support by retweeting this update, showing up at the hearing. or asking your friends to continue signing the petition.

    13. YES! 3000 signatures! Let's hit 3500 by morning!

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks once again for all your enduring support and overwhelming concern to ensure our national hero does not get disrespected and our national park's beauty remains untarnished by an insensitive development like DMCI's Torre de Manila condo project.

      Tomorrow, FRIDAY (June 22) at 2PM, will be the Manila City Council's PUBLIC HEARING on Torre de Manila. Venue at the Manila City Hall. Show support by retweeting this update, showing up at the hearing. or asking your friends to continue signing the petition.

      Let's continue to honor Jose Rizal, whose 151st birthday we just observed 2 days ago.

    14. Reached 3,000 signatures
    15. Like 'NO to DMCI's Terror de Manila' Facebook page

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      To get updates and links on latest news/goings on regarding this campaign, LIKE our fanpage. Pls continue to sign and share this petition. Let's work toward 3000 this time: http://www.change.org/petitions/no-to-dmci-s-torre-de-manila-project

    16. Suggestions: What else can you do for Rizal?

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      On Rizal’s birthday let's ensure DMCI won’t be able to ignore dozens of posts from people who care about his legacy. Post on DMCI's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dmcihomesofficial) and tell DMCI to reconsider the project or review the design of the condominium. Here are some examples of what you could say:

      1. In honor of Jose Rizal, please redesign Torre de Manila so it doesn’t destroy sight lines across historic Rizal Park. Respect Filipino heritage.
      2. More than 2,000 have already signed our names in opposition to the Torre de Manila. On Jose Rizal’s birthday, tell us what you will do about the impact on Rizal Park and the hero’s monument?
      3. I support Carlos Cedran’s campaign and say ‘NO’ to the Torre de Manila.

      The above was culled from a latest post by Carlos Celdran also thanking the support of Change.org/ph on this campaign.

    17. Update: Manila City Council PUBLIC HEARING on Torre de Manila this Friday

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      According to a tweet from Carlos Celdran, the Manila City Council PUBLIC HEARING on Torre de Manila will be this Friday, 2Pm at the Manila City Hall. Show support by retweeting this update, showing up at the hearing. or asking your friends to continue signing the petition. This is wonderful news at today's 151st birthday of Jose Rizal.

    18. We've hit 2000 signatures!

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      We've hit 2000 signatures! Thanks for the support. Pls continue to sign and share this petition. Let's work toward 3000 this time: http://www.change.org/petitions/no-to-dmci-s-torre-de-manila-project

    19. Reached 2,000 signatures
    20. DMCI's Way to honor Jose Rizal's 150th birth anniversary

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Jose Rizal's 150th birth anniversary celebration isn't over yet, and already we have DMCI raring to dishonor the hero's memory by building Torre de Manila which will destroy the Rizal Park sightline. Let's not let this happen. It's not yet too late to take action. Pls sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/no-to-dmci-s-torre-de-manila-project

    21. DMCI's Torre de Manila wants the prestige of the location,

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Here's something else the article says: "Located on a strategic vantage within the bohemian district of Ermita, Torre de Manila will rise in the heart of Manila, surrounded by popular and historic destinations that ADD PRESTIGE TO ITS IMAGE."

      Unfortunately, the presence of the DMCI there DOES NOT ADD PRESTIGE to the AREA. It actually DIMINISHES the BEAUTY of a NATIONAL HERITAGE site. Who wants to live in that?

    22. DMCI's Torre de Manila: Only 40 meters from Rizal Park!

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      An advertorial for DMCI's Torre de Manila says "Old Manila’s primed for a comeback, and she’s doing it in style." Whatever that style is, it definitely is lost in the distastefulness of their location and the insensitivity to history. The advert also says that the project is only "40 meters across" from Rizal Park. This is unacceptable! Sign/share the petition vs DMCI's Torre de Manila w/c will ruin the Rizal Park sightline. http://www.change.org/petitions/no-to-dmci-s-torre-de-manila-project

    23. DMCI's Torre de Manila: 1st skyscraper to ruin the Rizal Monument

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      MCI's Torre de Manila is "gonna have the honor of being the 1st skyscraper to ruin the Rizal Monument's clear skies view from the front." This is one of the comments in the real estate forum Skyscraper city. Who wants to invest in such a project that demeans a tribute to a national hero?

    24. We've reached over 1500!

      No to DMCIs Torre de Manila
      Petition Organiser

      Thanks to all your support. We reached a milestone of 1500 signatures in over than 72 hrs. On to 2000. Our goal is to inform as many people as possible about this offensive project by DMCI that will ruin the Rizal Park sightline. It disrespects our National Hero Jose Rizal and lays to waste the National Heritage Act of 2009. More updates on the link below.

      We can't let this happen. Let's go on and spread the word!

    25. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Marylouvi Monsale CITY OF CALOOCAN, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 months ago

      Sometimes saying NO to something means giving importance to what's BEST for everyone.

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    • Jan Alfred Adiao QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 months ago

      No to corporate greed! We must as Filipinos continue to preserve our cultural heritage for the future generations.

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    • Marfeal Santiago MARIKINA, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 months ago

      Rizal does not deserve this. Capitalism as its worst.

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    • Ron Malate CAINTA, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 months ago

      It will ruin the one of the heritage site

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    • John Arvin Espineli PARAñAQUE CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 months ago

      Because Rizal Park is important that historical site, Dr. Jose Rizal is death site this place.

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