3,000-hectare fish pen dismantled as Laguna Lake clean-up continues

admin   •   April 18, 2018   •   4613

Fish pen in Laguna Lake

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation efforts of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) continue in Laguna de Bay.

According to LLDA manager Jaime Medina, at least 3,000 hectares of illegal fish pens have already been dismantled in Laguna Lake.

Three thousand remaining hectares of fish pens, which are commonly owned by giant corporations that are not paying correct taxes, still need to be demolished.

“Kinakailangan lamang na maiwan na aquaculture sa ating lawa ay 9,200 hectares. Ibig sabihin nung mga nakalipas na panahon ay mahigit 15,000 hectares,” Medina said.

(The aquaculture allowed to remain in the lake is 9,200 hectares. It means in the past it used to exceed 15,000 hectares.)

Under the new zoning and management guidelines released by the LLDA, they will prioritize the small groups of fisherfolks over huge corporations in granting permits.

The LLDA also admitted that one of the hindrances in rehabilitating the Laguna Lake are the illegal settlers who dispose wastes into rivers and lakes.

Meanwhile, Senator Cynthia Villar has expressed support to the Department of Public Works and  Highways (DPWH) road project around the lake that will serve as protection from illegal settlers.

The lady senator is also seeking to have them relocated to sustainable communities by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

“I want to give my support to the initiative natin sa (in) Laguna Lake. It’s a big source of fishes for food ng ating NCR. Kailangan sustainable para magbigay satin ng pagkain at livelihood around the Laguna Lake,” Villar said.

(I want to give my support to our initiative in Laguna Lake for all of us. It is the National Capital Region’s big source of fishes for food. It’s necessary to be sustainable to be able to provide us with food and livelihood.)

The rehab authority is also studying the proposed Laguna Lake dredging project for its rehabilitation which was previously canceled at the time of former Pres. Benigno Aguino III. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue





Villar clarifies: ‘Work harder’ statement not aimed at frontliners

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2020

Senator Cynthia Villar

Senator Cynthia Villar on Sunday clarified her earlier statement and said that it was government leaders and not medical frontliners who need to work harder against the spread of COVID-19.

Villar received backlash after commenting on the health professionals’ request to revert Metro Manila back to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. She said she was not in favor of placing Metro Manila under ECQ due to its economic impact and noted the importance of ‘working harder’ — seemingly referring to the health professionals.

In a statement, the Senator stressed that she was not referring to health professionals and other medical workers.

“We have to work harder and better, but I am not referring in particular to the medical workers–our frontliners. We are referring to all of us and DOH and Philhealth in particular. There is so much room for improvement in the government’s response to curb the transmission of the disease,” she said in a statement.

Villar said she is aware of the sacrifices of health frontliners. Meanwhile, she also urged the public to follow health protocols imposed by health experts.

“We all want to be safe and COVID-free. All of us are doing a difficult balancing act to keep people safe and alive. We all need to keep our jobs, the economy, to do our respective roles to sustain this. All of us have to work harder and better,” she said.

Fishkill in Laguna Lake not caused by a virus — BFAR

Marje Pelayo   •   June 23, 2020

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)

9th OFW Summit in Pasay highlights concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – At least 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their dependents attended the 9th OFW and Family Summit held on Tuesday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The event, with the theme “Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan,” highlighted the concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship as well as business start-ups and trends.

The summit was spearheaded by the Villar Family through its foundation, the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and other government and non-government agencies.

“Masaya po kami dahil napakaraming kababayan na OFW ang nagpunta at nagpakita ng interes sa mga livelihood or business opportunities dito sa Pilipinas na maaari nilang paglagyan ng kinita nila abroad para magkaroon ng sariling kabuhayan dito sa atin,” Sen. Cynthia Villar said in a separate statement.

“Gusto talaga namin na maraming mahikayat na ang katuparan ng mga pangarap ay hindi lamang makukuha kapag tayo ay nag-abroad. Pwede din tayong magtagumpay sa sariling bayan natin,” she added.

Resource persons invited to the summit from various agencies discussed topics on financial literacy and provided guidance on how to seize opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

“Iyon ang intention namin na in the future na babalik sila sa Pilipinas, dapat y’ong mga pamilya nila, mayroon ng hanapbuhay na naghihintay sa kanila para pwede na silang mag-retire at mag-operate na lang dito sa Pilipinas.” Villar told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.

“Hindi nila kailangang magtayo ng restaurant kung ang galing mo care-giving; or ikaw ay graphic artist, pwede kang graphic designer at ‘yon ang iyong negosyo,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

Concerns of OFWs on where to find accredited recruitment agencies, what agencies to ask help from for problems abroad, and their rights as overseas workers were also tackled during the event.

Participants also enjoyed a raffle draw with prizes such as a house and lot, motorcycles, pangkabuhayan showcases, appliances, and other gadgets. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)


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