Taytay, Rizal - The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) - Rizal kick-start the clearing operation of water hyacinth on Wednesday, 17 March 2021 along Laguna Lake, Brgy. Sta. Ana, Taytay, Rizal.

DENR Director for Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service Hiro V. Masuda in coordination with EMB, LLDA, Manila Bay Coordinating Office, LGU-Taytay and Lupang Arenda Multipurpose Cooperative (LAMCO) joined all together during the pilot-testing on clearing operation within the jurisdiction of PENRO Rizal in Taytay. Water hyacinth particularly in Laguna De Bay was among the issues tackled way before when Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units (LGUs) Concerns Benny D. Antiporda met with members of the Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force (APTF) last March 15 to discuss the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay and directed PENRO Rizal Isidro L. Mercado to facilitate and make this project viable.

β€˜β€™Dapat makinabang lahat dito sa programa at hindi naman api yung mga fisherfolks. Kasi ang target talaga natin dito is to help fisherfolks through this project. Then yung process, we will come up with the flow, time and motion. Dapat alam natin yung mga initial data as basis. During meeting we will come up with common data na ito ang susundin natin’’ Mercado said as he stressed the objectives of the project, which also complement on actions for Manila Bay Rehabilitation in the province.

PENRO Rizal tapped LAMCO Cooperative headed by Mr. Mike Salgado as partner fisherfolks which will be in-charge in removing water hyacinths along Laguna Lake as their alternative livelihood. During the dry-run, officials met with Head of LAMCO to discuss the project as well as elaborate details. Under the project, fisherfolks will collect water hyacinth using their boat outriggers and place them in sacks. The cash incentives will be based on the weight of the water hyacinth collected.

β€˜β€™π˜Œπ˜ͺ𝘀𝘩𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘯π˜ͺ𝘒 𝘀𝘳𝘒𝘴𝘴π˜ͺπ˜±π˜¦π˜΄β€™β€™ or commonly known as Water Hyacinth allow disease spreading species of mosquitoes breed freely in the static waters. The decomposition of the dead plants results in an obnoxious smell, decreases the clarity of water, oxygen depletion and fish kills, making it unsuitable for human use. The proliferation of the invasive water species is known to cause major obstruction to smooth flow of navigation along waterways.

The livelihood project is still part of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project, considering that Laguna Lake as one of the bay’s biggest tributaries.