There’s a saying in the Netherlands: “God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands”.
Because of its natural location that is always threatened by strong sea surges, the Dutch have perfected the technology of making the country safe by creating barriers and dikes called polders. Due to its small land area and to keep up with the expanding population, it has carved spaces for housing development, ports and recreational areas, even creating an entire province (Flevoland) by reclaiming parts of the sea.
Before modern reclamation projects, the Dutch already had centuries of experience of building dikes around lakes, emptying them and converting them to fertile polderland or low-lying tract of land enclosed by dikes. Its engineers are noted for developing techniques to drain wetlands and make them usable for agriculture and other development.
The necessity to create and protect The Netherlands from the sea has also given birth to Dutch companies specializing in dredging, reclamation, coastal defence, and offshore developments. In fact, many Dutch companies have been active in several reclamation projects around the world and in the Philippines such as the Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Nominated Sub Contractor: Pasay reclamation Project) and the Royal Haskoning DHV (Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan).
Currently, the Dutch government is supporting the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) with the creation of the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan. The Dutch experts team (led by water research institute Deltares) already conducted a scoping mission, identifying and assessing the situation in the Manila Bay area, and recommended measures for its sustainable development.