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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) want Laguna De Bay be totally cleared of illegal large fish pens and cages by July or before President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
In a statement, the DENR assured that there's going to be no let-up in the campaign to clear Laguna de Bay of all illegal structures even if it would turn to a loss of P50 million in revenues for LLDA.
"The DENR and LLDA plan to finish the clearing operation by the middle of the year, in time for the President's s ...
After issuing a final warning to all fish pen operators last month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) began dismantling fish pens and fish cages in Laguna de Bay on Thursday.
"All the 90,000 hectares of Laguna Lake will be accounted for," Environment Secretary Gina Lopez said.
She posted on Facebook a short video of two boat crew members toppling a wooden post of a fish pen.
This is "how fish pens are dismantled—very laborious!" Lopez said.
She said even the lake's navigational highways had been blocked by illegal fish pens.
"You can already see the sm ...
"Real eco-tourism, like the Bohol model in Loboc River, can actually be good for Laguna Lake," says Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon, professor of the School of Environmental Science and Management and 2016 Outstanding Researcher of the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
She emphasized the "real" eco-tourism as one which preserves the naturalness of the landscape or the seascape. It is not about construction of dikes or buildings.
"The idea of developing Laguna Lake, with eco-tourism as a platform, could actually help bring in more jobs because old boats can engaged in tours, people ...
The video presents the Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines and the second largest in Southeast Asia. It describes the lake, tells some trivia, its present condition and some issues and concerns. The video also discusses the Laguna Lake Development Authority, a government owned and controlled corporation mandated to preserve the lake to its natural pristine. It also invites viewers to become partners toward the lake's sustainable development.
Fishpens in Laguna de Bay and other lakes in the country crowd out other species and the order to dismantle could even help boost the country's aqua and mariculture.
"The decision of the President to dismantle the fishpens in Laguna de Bay and in other lakes of the country could in fact serve as a boon to the growth and development of aqua and mariculture in the country," Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said. "This development could give birth to an eco-friendly fish farming system which could prove to be sustainable."
Piñol said inland waters and lakes should not be used for commerc ...
As you may already know, it's been an incredibly long time since I've traveled outside the United States. While the trip itself is more towards a family reunion on my mother's side, I knew I did want to learn more about the culture, take in the landscapes, and observe the livelihoods of the people here before coming back at least.
My mom and I left early July on Asiana Airlines, making a brief stop in Incheon, South Korea (I'm already planning a trip here as it is) before landing at the Naia Aquino International airport where we were picked up by my half-sister and her family late at night. ...