In celebration of World Wetlands Day, a clean-up activity was conducted at Sampaloc Lake, San Pablo City, Laguna on February 28, 2020. The activity was initiated by the Department of Environment Resources CALABARZON through its Conservation and Development Division, Regional Public Affairs Office, PENRO Laguna, and CENRO Sta. Cruz in partnership with City Environment and Natural Resources Office San Pablo.

Notable wetlands in the Region are the Laguna Lake, Taal Lake, Seven Lakes of San Pablo City (Sampaloc Lake, Yambo Lake, Pandin Lake, Palakpakin Lake, Bunot Lake, Calibato Lake, and Lake Mojicap), the four Water Storages (Lawa ng Tres Cruises, Caliraya Reservoir, Lumot Reservoir, and Wawa Dam), Yellow Lake, and Lalaguna Marsh.

A total of two tons of wastes were collected in the 3.7-kilometer circumference of the lake. The collected wastes were hauled by the City-ENRO of San Pablo and Local Government Unit of Brgy. Concepcion.

An approximate of 200 volunteers from DENR CALABARZON Regional Office, PENRO Laguna, CENRO Sta. Cruz, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Polytrade, Special Action Forces, LGU of San Pablo, and Barangays IV-A, IV-C, V-A, San Lucas I, and Concepcion participated in the Sampaloc Lake Clean-up.      

The LGU of San Pablo has implemented various Solid Waste Management initiatives, which include the hiring of sweepers and Bantay Lawa, which conducts regular clean-up activities. The Sampaloc Lake is one of the tourism draws of San Pablo and should be maintained clean at all times. ###