Fish kill in Batangas caused by low dissolved oxygen—BFAR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2019   •   3675

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed that low dissolved oxygen caused the fish kill at Barangay Buso Buso in Laurel, Batangas.

Around 121 fish cages were affected by the fish kill from Tuesday (May 28) to Sunday (June 2). An estimate of 600 metric tons of tilapia or equivalent to P43 million were found floating in Taal lake.

According to BFAR 4A Director Wilfredo Cruz, the dissolved oxygen should be 6 parts per million (ppm).

“Umabot po ng less than 1—0.58 talagang halos zero na. Mamatay po talaga kung 3 kaya pa 3 to 6 iyan ang normal, (It reached less than 1—0.58. It is almost zero. [The fishes] will die. They can still survive if 3 ppm, 3 to 6 is normal)” he said.

There are currently 700 fish cages in Barangay Buso Buso but it can only accommodate 200 fish cages.

Cruz said several fish cages were brought upstream to save them from the previous fish kill.

“Nang wala na fish kill hindi nila nahila palabas so naipon. Ibig sabihin malakas iyong tinatawag na biological oxygen demand, (After the fish kill the fish cages were stacked which increased what we call biological oxygen demand)” Cruz said.(with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

PHIVOLCS: Magnitude 5.3. quake jolts Batangas, others areas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 hit parts of Batangas and other nearby areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Monday.

In its earthquake bulletin, the PHIVOLCS said the quake was recorded approximately 24 kilometers southwest of Calatagan Batangas around 5:12 p.m.

The temblor had a depth of 99 kilometers and was tectonic in origin.

PHIVOLCS said Intensity 3 was felt in Quezon City while intensity 2 was felt in San Felipe in Zambales.

Instrumental Intensity 1 was felt in Quezon City, Tagaytay City, Batangas City, and Calatagan.

PHIVOLCS said no damage is expected from the quake but aftershocks are likely to occur.

PNP vows justice for rape-slay victim in Batangas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar has directed the local police in Laurel town in Batangas to build an airtight case against the alleged perpetrators in the rape and slay of a 15-year-old.

Initial report stated that the victim had just come over to her classmate’s house so they could answer their module together on Monday morning but had not returned home by nightfall, causing her family to worry and search for her.

Her body was later found in a forested area in Barangay Sta. Maria.

Police said there were indications that she was sexually abused.

A witness told the local police that the teenager was last seen in the company of a barangay tanod. The barangay tanod was arrested and taken into police custody on Tuesday, November 9 but has denied any involvement in the crime.

Eleazar expressed his condolences to the victim’s family as he vowed that the PNP will give justice to her death.

“Bilang magulang ramdam ko ang sakit at pagdadalamhati ng mga naulila ng biktima. Ako ay nakikiramay sa pamilya ng dalagita na malayo pa sana ang mararating sa buhay. Titiyakin ng PNP na airtight ang kaso para siguradong mapanagot sa batas ang salarin sa karumal-dumal na krimen na ito,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Sa ngayon, hawak natin ang isang barangay tanod na sinasabing nasa likod ng krimen. I have ordered the Laurel Municipal Police Station in Batangas to leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence to the crime to make sure they get the real perpetrator or perpetrators,” he added.

Eleazar appealed to those who may have information on the incident to come forward and help authorities give justice to the teenager.

 

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Calatagan, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2021

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas at 2:14 a.m. on Friday (October 8), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The quake has a depth of 131 kilometers and Intensity II was felt by residents in Calatagan.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was an aftershock of the magnitude 6.6 quake that occurred in the same area on July 24, 2021.

No damage was reported and no further aftershocks are expected. AAC

 

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