Laguna Lake

Binan City, Laguna

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines located east of Metro Manila between the provinces of Laguna to the south and Rizal to the north. The lake is one of the primary sources of freshwater fish in the country. Its water drains to Manila Bay via the Pasig River.

The hastened agricultural modernization throughout the region took its toll on the lake. This paved the way ...

for massive and intensified use of chemical based fertilizers and pesticides whose residues eventually find their way to the lake basin. These chemicals induce rapid algal growth in the area that depleted oxygen levels in the water. Hence, oxygen available to the lake is being used up thereby depleting the available oxygen for the fish, causing massive fish kills. While there are several native fish species in the lake, none are endemic.

The LLDA implemented policies to curb the possibility of stressing the lake's assimilative capacity. The most recent policy was the Environmental User Fee System (EUFS). The EUFS was implemented by virtue of LLDA Board Resolution 22 in 1996. The objective of the policy was to "…(reduce) the pollution loading in to the Laguna de Bay by enjoining all discharges of liquid wastes to internalize the cost of environmental degradation…".

Formally, the said board resolution aptly defined the EUFS as a "market??"based" policy instrument aimed at reducing the pollution loading in the lake. As such, companies found to have unusually high concentration of pollutants in their emissions, need to pay fines or lake "user??"fees".  Wiki

Laguna Lake or Laguna de Bay News

  • We Need To Clean Up The Nations Water Bodies

    We Need To Clean Up The Nations Water Bodies

    Laguna Lake was singled out by President Duterte as one problem needing immediate attention in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) in July, 2016. Each time he flew to Davao, City, he said then, he looked down and saw the lake filled with fish pens, and he thought of the poor fishermen who depended on the lake for their livelihood. He then called for the clearing of the lake along with action to stop watershed destruction and lake pollution.

    That was over a year ago. What has been done since then by the new administration through the Department of Environment and Natural Resource ...

  • Hungary To Provide Loan For Water Treatment Facilities

    Hungary To Provide Loan For Water Treatment Facilities

    The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Hungary has provided a loan of some $500 million, initially planned to finance water treatment facilities.

    ?I have informed Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III of the Department of Finance to assist us on the discussion on how this money was transferred to the country,? Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Pi?ol said in a Wednesday statement.

    Initially, DA is looking at Laguna de Bay as a pilot area for the proposed development of water treatment facilities.

    Mr. Pi?ol added that fishing communities around Laguna de Bay can be tapped to manage the ope ...

  • Hope Shines Anew For Laguna De Bay

    Hope Shines Anew For Laguna De Bay

    Days before President Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 24, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) is faced with a seemingly impossible mission to dismantle illegal structures in Laguna de Bay and restore the ecological balance in the once healthy and economically productive freshwater lake.

    Despite the task at hand, LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina, former mayor of Pateros town within the Laguna de bay region, remains unfazed and confident that the positive response of various stakeholders may eventually work wonders to reverse the decades of ...

  • PH Targets Huge Fish Pens In Laguna De Bay

    The Laguna Lake Development Authority is set to dismantle thousands of hectares of huge fish pens, usually owned by big companies, in Laguna de Bay.

    Starting Thursday, July 29, the LLDA is reducing the maximum size of fish pens from 50 hectares to 25 hectares in a bid to make the Laguna de Bay more sustainable for fishermen.

    LLDA data show there are about 13,000 to 14,000 hectares of fish pens all over Laguna de Bay. But studies say fish pens in the lake should cover a total of 9,200 hectares only.

    Today, some companies voluntarily dismantled a total of 313 hectares of fish pens in La ...

  • Manila Hopes Greening Its Shorelines Will Yield Cleaner Water And Less Flooding

    Manila Hopes Greening Its Shorelines Will Yield Cleaner Water And Less Flooding

    After dawn on a hot morning, Filipino fishermen fling fishing nets in the dark, waist-deep polluted waters of Laguna de Bay, the big freshwater lake that forms the eastern border of Metro Manila. Not far away, farmers cultivate rice in small paddies along the lake's southern shore in Calamba, a lakeside city of 450,000 residents.

    As one of the three largest freshwater lakes in southeast Asia, Laguna de Bay is counted on to serve these and other life-sustaining purposes ??" waterborne transportation, a source of drinking water, recreation, flood control. But like every other major surface-wa ...

  • DA Launches Rehab Of Laguna Lake Other Major Water Bodies Nationwide

    DA Launches Rehab Of Laguna Lake Other Major Water Bodies Nationwide

    The Department of Agriculture (DA) and its Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched on Monday its "BASIL: Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa" program to rejuvenate the country's seven major lakes, among them the Laguna de Bay and six major river basins across the country.

    The launch on the occasion of the DA's 119th anniversary celebration at the lakeside old municipal hall in Barangay Baybayin here gathered a big crowd of agriculture and fisheries officials, local government executives, farmers and fisherfolks in the Calabarzon region.

    DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the BASIL proj ...