Stakeholders Converge for Laguna Lake's
Sustainable Development and Management
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local Government Units (LGUs), academe, and other concerned sectors and agencies join hands for the rehabilitation of Laguna de Bay using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach, during a convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.
"Perhaps, one of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is to not only plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained that the SIADM approach is one of the key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, which aspires to attain an improved quality of life and sustainable environment through the convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of an area. Usec Mendoza said, "The DENR can never implement this approach by itself. This approach will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".
Laguna de Bay has been identified as one of the 29 priority areas in the country for the implementation of the said approach. Its selection follows President Rodrigo Duterte's instruction to transform the lake "into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution". "(Even) from the time the Secretary assumed her position, one of her priorities has already been Laguna Lake", Usec Mendoza shared.
The convergence workshop included presentations and lectures on the following: planting and marketing of Bamboo and other high-value crops by Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro of Agham Party List; Laguna de Bay Basin Master Plan by Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)'s Cesar R. Quintos; legal framework for the management of Laguna Lake by Atty. Rolando R. Recto of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc.; local solutions to waste in the Philippines by Zero Waste Program Manager Shelley S. Carbonel; and, guidelines in the implementation of SIADM by Usec Mendoza.
Together with the Tambuyog Development Center, an NGO for marginalized small scale fishermen, DENR 4A facilitated a workshop and action planning to address the issues regarding the lake.
The prepared action plan with funding requirement will be submitted to the DENR Central Office by November 30 for review and fund allocation.
DENR "Agos ng Buhay" Program to Set Stage in CALABARZON, Nationwide
"Healthy oceans, healthy people," the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) stresses the importance of healthy coastal and marine ecosystems in the lives of the people.
The Philippines, as an archipelago, is surrounded by bodies of water such as seas, bays, lakes, and rivers.
In the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region can be found a number of water bodies like the South China Sea, Taal Lake and Pansipit River in Batangas; the Philippine Sea, Tayabas Bay, Lamon Bay and Ragay Gulf in Quezon; Laguna de Bay in Laguna and Rizal; and Manila Bay, which drains the watershed areas of the provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal.
Fishing has always been an important source of livelihood for Filipinos, especially for communities in coastal areas. Fish is still the primary source of animal protein in the Philippines with annual per capita consumption at kilograms.
Unfortunately, some small and large-scale fishermen engage in unsustainable fishing practices that result in habitat degradation and fish stock depletion.
BMB records show that nearly 73% of coastal and marine ecosystems are degraded, with cost of inaction estimated at Three Billion Pesos (PhP 3B) annually.
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