Rising water level in Laguna Lake threatens two barangays in Calamba City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2018   •   5160

Residential areas along the banks of Laguna Lake are in danger of flooding as the lake’s water level rises.

 

LAGUNA, Philippines – The provincial government is closely monitoring the rising water level of Laguna Lake as the overflow will directly hit Barangays Palingon and Lingga in Calamba City.

In Barangay Palingon, a total of 80 families were evacuated as floodwater began to fill their houses.

“Nakakatakot. Ang masama kapag bumagyo na ang ganyang masamang panahon lumalaki nang lumalaki ang tubig. Wala nang halos natitira na bahay,” said evacuee Christeta Azada.

As of 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, the water level in Laguna Lake almost reached its overflowing point which local officials are keeping a close watch on.

Once the lake bursts its banks, residents of Barangay Palingon and Lingga will be at risk of flash floods, compelling them to evacuate as the overflow of water will directly hit them.

“Tinitingnan ko ang lebel ng tubig dito sa ibabaw ng baywalk.  Kapag ito ay magtuloy-tuloy ng pag-ulan sa dalawang araw ay papasukin ang aming kanayunan,” said resident Boyet Paner.

Barangay Lingga Administrator Jaime Gordon said, the water level of Laguna Lake swiftly rose on the evening of Friday, September 14, due to heavy rains in a prelude to the arrival of Typhoon Ompong. Gordon said they couldn’t be complacent as the strength of Ompong is becoming more and more evident.

“Umaantabay kami palagi. Baka mabulaga kami tulad nang nangyari noong panahon ng Ondoy at 2012 habagat. Kung tulad ng ulan ng Ondoy at habagat baka nagka tubig na hanggang dito sa court na ito marami na kaming evacuation dito,” explained Gordon. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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)

Maynilad reduces hours of water interruption in affected areas

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad customers can relax a bit as the water concessionaire announced shorter hours of water service interruptions.

Maynilad said recent days of rainshowers helped in replenishing water supply in Ipo Dam.

“Twenty percent of our customers have interruptions of about 8 to 10 hours. But that is starting to reduce because of the rains that came in but we don’t know for how long again,” explained Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez.

Around nine million households in the West Zone of Metro Manila depend on Maynilad for water supply especially if water supply becomes thin during the dry season when Angat Dam fails to replenish as predicted by the state weather service PAGASA.

According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), they just limited the allocation so as not to deplete the supply in Angat Dam.

“Wala naman tayong (There is no) water crisis. We are just making sure that water crisis last March will not happen anymore,” said MWSS Administrator Emmanuel Salamat.

Meanwhile, the MWSS is pushing measures to protect Laguna Lake from pollution.

“We have just proposed protection and preservation of our Laguna Lake and declare it as a vital source of our domestic freshwater supply,” Salamat said.

So far, Maynilad has treatment plants that generate water from Laguna Lake and supplies to 310 million liters of water daily to its customers.

According to Fernandez, Laguna Lake can produce the volume of domestic water being supplied by the Angat Dam.

Laguna Lake is over 90,000 hectares in area which is larger than Singapore.

“To my mind, Laguna Lake is the biggest body of water that can supply Metro Manila and even the surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal,” he explained.

According to Maynilad, though Laguna Lake is used for fishery, it should primarily serve as a source of water for domestic use. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Over 200,000 Maynilad customers to be without water supply for 10 days

Maris Federez   •   September 24, 2019

More than 200,000 Maynilad customers will be of no water supply for 10 days, beginning on September 27.

This will be due to the temporary suspension of operation of the Putatan Water Treatment Facility in Muntinlupa.

Maynilad Water Services Incorporated on Tuesday (September 24) said service improvement works are needed to be done in the plant to increase the amount of water the company supplies to its customers.

Maynilad Operations Head Ronald Padua said from the current 100-million liters per day (MLD) of water it produces from the Laguna Lake, the water concessionaire plans to upgrade it to 150-MLD.

The company believes the service improvement work which will take place from September 27 to October 7 will be a big help in preparing for any water supply crisis that might happen in the future.

“Para mangyari yun, kailangan namin i-shutdown po temporarily yung Putatan Plant 2 sa loob ng 10 araw. At inaasahan namin after that ay kaya na po naming i-operate ito at full capacity of 150 MLD,” explained Padua.

With this activity, customers from the cities of Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa, and several towns of Cavite.

“Lumalabas sa loob ng 10 araw dahil average 9 hours yung supply availability meaning po merong 15 hours na interrupted or wala silang tubig everyday,” Padua added.

Customers in these areas are advised to store water that will be enough to sustain them during the hours when the service interruption is in effect or there is no water supply.

Maynilad will post on its Facebook and Twitter accounts the affected barangays and the schedule of the water supply interruption.

Maynilad also made an assurance that its customers will not be charged for the service improvement expenses to be incurred in this project. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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