4,000 ektarya ng fish pens, nakatada pang gibain ng Laguna Lake Development Authority
admin • April 10, 2014 • 8625
Isang mangingisda sa paligid ng mga fish pen sa Laguna de Bay o Laguna Lake. March 15, 2013 FILE PHOTO. (ROGELIO NECESSITO JR / Photoville International)
LAGUNA, Philippines — Maliban sa informal settlers na nasa watershed ng Laguna de Bay, isa pang malaking problema ng Laguna Lake Development Authority ang dami ng fish pens sa lawa.
Ayon kay Presidential Adviser for Environmental protection at LLDA General Manager Secretary Neric Acosta, gumagamit ng chemical-based pellets o feeds ang mga fish pen na nakakadagdag sa polusyon sa lawa.
Sinabi nitong halos tatlumpung libong ektarya ng Laguna de Bay ang may nakatayong fish pen.
Ani Sec. Acosta, “Up to date, 1,000 hectares na ang nademolish. Binuwag ang mga fish pen, mga illegal, nage-encroach. Patuloy ang ginagawang demolition. Target namin is at least 4-5k hectares pa ang lilinisin at bubuwagin.”
Paliwanag pa ng kalihim, karamihan sa mga fish pen operator ay hindi sumusunod sa mga environmental regulation.
May ilan pang mga foreign operator na pinagkakaitan ang mga Pilipinong mangingisda na makapanghuli ng isda sa tinatawag na open water fishing.
“Yes. Ang dami pa (natirang fish pens). 20-30% ng buong lawa ay fish pens. Sa fisheries code, dapat less than 10%. Congested na masyado.”
Ayon kay Acosta, nasa walong libong ektarya ng fish pens lamang ang dapat na nakatayo sa lawa, upang hindi ma-pollute ang tubig, at hindi kapusin sa oxygen ang mga isda, na nagiging sanhi ng fish kill.
“We are doing our best: inventory, tamang registration, GPS technology, nagpapaself demolish kami, strict implementation. Hindi namin sinasabi na tanggalin ang hanapbuhay. Binabalanse lang ang public health sa negosyo.”
Samantala, may mga mangingisda rin na nagkusa nang gibain ang kanilang fish pen tulad ni Mang Willie Binebidez, “Dala po kasi ng kalamidad, mga bagyo, kapagka nasira, lugi ang puhunan. (kusa po kayo tumigil? Hindi po kayo kasama sa pinademolish?) Hindi naman po.”
Isa rin sa dahilan ng pag-demolish sa mga fish pen ay upang maibsan ang pagbaha tuwing panahon ng tag-ulan.
Tinatayang tatagal ang ginagawang fish pen demolition hanggang sa susunod na taon. (BIANCA DAVA, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has expressed support for an unsolicited proposal from a private consortium to rehabilitate and develop Laguna de Bay.
LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina said the agency’s Board of Directors has endorsed the proposed P609-billion rehabilitation and development project “after months of review and evaluation.”
LLDA is an agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Medina said the endorsement of the project came after the spate of typhoons, the latest of which was Typhoon Ulysses that triggered massive flooding in the National Capital Region, Rizal province and other areas.
“This is a welcome opportunity as this will truly aid in addressing the Laguna Lake’s continual problems in siltation, industrial pollution, sedimentation, and lakeshore flooding,” he said in a statement.
Medina said the project proponent has been issued “original proponent status” (OPS) and that the project is now under review by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), through its Public-Private Partnership Center.
The consortium, after being granted the OPS, now has the authority to match better offers submitted by other rivals when a Swiss challenge is undertaken for the project, he explained.
The LLDA endorsement will be evaluated by NEDA’s Investment Coordination Committee to determine the reasonable rate of return and other parameters for negotiation, Medina said.
The decision on whether to approve or deny the proposal will be up to the NEDA Board, he added.
The rehabilitation project, which is proposed to be undertaken in a span of 5 to 10 years, includes the dredging of approximately 800 million cubic meter of silt and mud, assistance to affected fisherfolk and other stakeholders, and silt transfer and development of pre-identified catchment area to be done in phases while the dredging process progresses.
The unsolicited proposal will be under the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) scheme, which means that the proponent will finance, construct, operate, maintain and own facility and can collect fees and charges to recover their investment.
The government will provide the authorization and assistance in securing the BOO contract and has the option to buy the output or service provided by the operator.
The consortium is led by Taguig Lake City Development Corporation (TLCDC), with two big foreign companies as partners that have the experience, expertise and track record in undertaking such project.
The LLDA said it has sent a briefer thru a Memorandum to the Office of the President regarding the urgent need to rehabilitate the waters of Laguna Lake in order to sustain and enhance aquatic life therein; the critical need to increase and improve the holding capacity and water quality of the Laguna Lake in order to viably and effectively access the lake as a domestic water source, and the real potential of Laguna Lake and its outlying areas to significantly enhance water quality and boost socio-economic growth in the region and in the country.
The Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines, with around 100 rivers and streams draining into it, making it prone to flooding. The Napindan Channel, through the Pasig River, drains the lake waters to Manila Bay.
MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu wants an immediate assessment of the major waterways like rivers across the country to determine which of them needs to undergo dredging.
Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones said the Department is planning a dredging operation in the Cagayan River which carries water from Nueva Ecija to Appari.
The recent onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses caused the river to overflow its banks and submerge nearby areas like Cagayan and Isabela.
In his last briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte, Cimatu said the government will not shell out any amount for the project but it will gain from it instead.
“It will be really a request of the governor to allow a contractor to clean or to dredge the river and at the same time in exchange of that, he has allowed to sell this sand,” Cimatu said.
“But they have to pay as much as what the mining company is paying for – 4% excise tax as a revenue of the government,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) is studying the proposed plan to rehabilitate the lake.
According to the agency, the Laguna Lake is now about 2.5 meters deep as compared to 5 meters that the locals used to observe in the past.
According to LLDA Department Manager III Emeterio Hernandez, they have to remove at least 2 meters of sediments or silt from the lake, especially at the opening section and the western section to make space for water flowing from nearby waterways like Marikina River.
“Ang ibang common term dyan is parang batya na sinasahod niya lahat ng ulan na nanggagaling sa ating mga watershed,” Hernandez said.
[The common term for that is like a basin that catches the rain coming from the watershed.]
“So kung ang batya natin ay medyo mababaw na, so ineexpect natin na kaunting dagdag lang ng tubig mag ooverflow siya,” he added.
[So if the basin becomes shallow, with only a small amount the water will overflow.]
No government funding will be required for the dredging operation, Hernandez said.
Once approved, the project is expected to commence next year and will be completed hopefully within the next 3 to 5 years. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 4A has reported that around 800 metric tons of fish died in Laguna Lake last week in the areas of Pililia and Binangonan, Rizal.
Region 4A Director Sammy Malvas clarified that the fish kill was due to the lowering of dissolved oxygen in the water and not because of any virus outbreak as some reports said.
“Kalimitan ang cause nyan ay iyong pabago-bagong weather condition natin. Halimbawa ay mainit sa araw tapos bandang hapon ay biglang bubuhos ang malakas na ulan, nagko-cause iyon ng pagbaba ng lebel ng dissolved oxygen, (Usually, the cause is the changing weather conditions. For example, the sun is up in the morning then in the afternoon, we have thunderstorms, that causes reduction in level of dissolved oxygen),” Malvas explained.
One of the viruses that can infect tilapya is the so-called ‘tilapia lake virus’ (TLV), a case of which was recorded three years ago in Bulacan.
There has been no recurrence of such incident so far according to Malvas, as they also conduct strict laboratory testing of fish seed samples before transporting them to other places.
“Nag-i-issue kasi tayo ng health certificate para doon sa transboundary movement ng mga buhay na semilya (We issue health certificates for transboundary movement of live fish seedlings),” Malvas said.
The supply of tilapia at the Balintawak Market comes from Pampanga and Batangas and there has been no price increase.
BFAR assured that fish supplies in the market are safe to eat provided they are thoroughly cooked. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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