Laguna’s 7 Crater Lakes proclaimed world’s most threatened

Laguna’s 7 Crater Lakes proclaimed world’s most threatened

  MANILA – The Philippines’ Seven Crater Lakes in San Pablo City, Laguna have been chosen as the “Threatened Lakes of the Year 2014” by the Germany-based environmental group Global Nature Fund (GNF). In commemoration of World Wetlands Day, the GNF drew attention to the advancing destruction of the seven crater lakes, named Sampaloc, Bunot, Mojicap, Pandin, Palakpakin, Yambo and Kalibato. The GNF and the Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation (FSLF) are seeking sustainable measures to protect the lakes and improve the quality of their water. For over 30 years, the Seven Crater Lakes were used for recreational activities by local residents. However, years of neglect have led to their deterioration. In the 1990s, illegal constructions sprouted along the lakeshore while fish cages mushroomed on the lakes, covering as much as 70 percent of the surface area. 2012 satellite images showed that fish cages still occupy more than 40 percent of the surface area, compared to the allowable 10 percent. A supposed moratorium on the renovation of existing fish cages and establishment of new cages has not been enforced.   Bobby Azores, chairman of the FSLF, said the growing number of fish cages exacerbates the degradation of the lakes to the point of killing aquatic life. “This is evidenced by occasional fish kills and the massive growth of green algae as a result of the high pollution levels of the lake,” Azores said. “Freshwater bodies like ponds and lakes, especially a small lake like Lake Sampaloc, are considered to be ‘stagnant water’ and have little ability to cleanse themselves, unlike oceans or seas,” he added. Collective effort Since 2000,...
SCLWMC Welcomes 2011

SCLWMC Welcomes 2011

The Seven Crater Lakes & Watershed Management Council hosted the visit of LLDA’s new General Manager, Hon. Rodrigo Cabrera on January 18, 2011 at the Clyndenjosh Restaurant along Dagatan Blvd in San Pablo City.  The group revisited pending lakes issues such as the lack of funds for the construction of housing units for the informal dwellers that will be relocated to the Gawad Kalinga site in Brgy. San Lucas.  Also taken up was the proposed zonal plan which assigns half of the lake for the fishcages (following the guideline of 10% of the surface area of the lake) and the other half for water sports, recreation and other activities. In photo are representatives of the LLDA, SCLWMC, FSLF and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, including...

Federation of River Councils Update 2012

The Federation of River Councils met for its regular meeting in Taytay, Rizal on June 26, 2012. Sec. Neric Acosta gave the current status and problems being encountered by the fisherfolk in Laguna de Bay. One main problem is the proliferation of an invasive species known locally as the knife fish. Mr. Bobby Azores brought up the matter of the Sampaloc Lake proposal submitted by SCLWMC to LLDA the previous General Manager, Hon. Rodrigo Cabrera regarding zoning plan for the fishcages so that all other stakeholders may also use the lake for recreation activities. Sec. Acosta said they will look into the matter. In photo: (L-R) Mrs. Lina Tanjuatco, Bobby Azores, LLDA’s Sec. Neric Acosta, Ms. Bueno, and Angelito Jantar....
Balik Tanaw at Pagpapasya sa Kinabukasan ng Sampaloc Lake

Balik Tanaw at Pagpapasya sa Kinabukasan ng Sampaloc Lake

An informal meeting was held on September 1, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Cafe Lago. Present were: Msgr. Jerry Bitoon, Judge Bien Reyes, Ike & Lerma Prudente, Emma Marino, Mar Torrizo, Bobby & Cari Azores, Arvin Carandang, Fernando Fabros, Lily Brul, Christopher Rojas, Dr. Elvie Galicia, Claudine Villanueva, Ricky Tan, Ompong & Glecy Rivera, Dave Ramos, Patis Tesoro, Tony Marino and Sanny Leviste. Updates were presented by the following: Bobby Azores on FSLF, Mar Torrizo on the Seven Crater Lakes & Watershed Management Council and Ricky Tan (GK) and Ompong Rivera (GK) on the GK housing and violations that allowed the construction of houses even if the homeowner is not a lakedweller. It was decided that the group would request for a meeting with Mayor Amben Amante to discuss lake and housing...
Meeting with Mayor, Loreto “Amben” Amante on Lake Issues

Meeting with Mayor, Loreto “Amben” Amante on Lake Issues

September 16, 2013 was an important day for the San Pablenos as Mayor Amben Amante welcomed a group of concerned citizens to discuss the issues of the seven lakes and other related matters. Also at the meeting with the Mayor were LGU representatives including City Councilors Totoy See and Karla Adajar. At the meeting it was decided that the Mayor would convene a Consultation Meeting that would present the proposed ZOMAPS and bring together the different stakeholders in an open discussion. In photo, LR: Arvin Carandang, Susie Azores, Cari Azores, Kim DyNing, Fernando Fabros, Lerma Prudente, Bobby Azores, Msgr. Jerry Bitoon, Mayor Amben Amante, Councilor Karla Adajar, Emilio Tirones, Donnalyn Eseo, Mar Torrizo, Councilor Totoy See, Mandy Marino and Tony...