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DENR Calabarzon celebrates 45TH Earth Day in Sampaloc Lake

In observance of the 45th Earth Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 4A CALABARZON and the San Pablo City government jointly conducted with residents and members of civic groups a series of historical and environmental activities highlighted by the launching of the Urban Greening and Rehabilitation Project of Sampaloc Lake at the San Pablo City Lions' Clubhouse on April 22. The project has for its theme, “Lawa Ko, Ibabalik Ko ang Ganda Mo” and aims to strengthen the rehabilitation and conservation of the biggest among the seven lakes of the city.

“Ang Sampaloc Lake ang tinitingnan na dapat maalagaan at mapaganda dahil malapit ito sa pinakasyudad ng San Pablo, maliban sa isa ito sa pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan," stressed DENR Calabarzon regional director Reynulfo Juan.

Juan revealed that Sampaloc Lake, along with the other six lakes, are beset with the issue of pollution. He enjoined the residents and the business establishment owners to help in the rehabilitation of the lakes.

The rehabilitation of the lake is also part of the Tourism Master Development Plan of the San Pablo City government and enjoys the support of the local chief executive.

“Ang proyekto para sa ating lawa ay naaayon din sa ating Tourism Master Development Plan. At sa pamamagitan po ng DENR, nakapagbigay po ng tulong pinansyal si Sen. Loren Legarda, na isang kilalang environmentalist," affirmed San Pablo City Mayor Loreto Amante, "Ang lokal na pamahalaan ay patuloy pong nagsisikap na mapabuti pa ang lagay ng lawa."

He also reminded everyone that the lake is for the benefit of every one, and everyone also exert every effort to protect and conserve it.

Amante said the they have allocated some funds and secured lots for the relocation of the informal settlers along the shorelines of the Sampaloc Lake. "Libre po ang paglilipat, ni sentimo ay wala po silang ginastos,” he said.

The city mayor also elaborated on the "zoning” for the fisherfolks and fishcages in all the seven lakes, "Dapat ay magbigay din tayo ng partikular na zone para ating turismo para lahat ng sektor ay napagbibigyan at nakikikinabang sa ating mga lawa."

"Magtulong-tulong tayo upang mas mapaganda pa ang dahil dito lamang po ang syudad sa bansa na may pitong lawa,” he added. 

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