FSLF Joins the 2013 Seven Lakes Tourism Master Plan Consultation Workshop

FSLF Joins the 2013 Seven Lakes Tourism Master Plan Consultation Workshop

The Laguna Lake Development Authority in partnership with the Local Government of the City of San Pablo conducts a Stakeholders Consultation Workshop on December 5 and 6, relative to the formulation of Seven Crater Lakes Tourism Master Development Plan and Framework for the Formulation of Development and Management Plan for the Seven Crater Lakes at Dagatan Boulevard, San Pablo City.The said event recognizes the importance of lakes in human development and preservation of sound ecosystems and biodiversity. These are critical elements of the water cycle for sustaining aquatic biodiversity and provide livelihood, social, economic, and aesthetic benefits that are essential for a better quality of life. It aims to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on common and complementary management actions among partner organizations and the rest of major stakeholders.Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and LLDA General Manager, Sec. Neric Acosta delivered an inspirational message and presented a short lecture on Sustainable Development. “Ecosystem is the basis of economic activities; hence, it must be properly managed for long-term sustainability,” Acosta said. Sec. Neric also said “The parameters of tourism are: A-E-S, as I call it. That is: Aesthetics, which is the beauty of the place with environmental management consideration; Ecology, which is economically driven; and Sustainability, the social value of the place, among others.” Hon. Loreto S. Amante, Mayor of San Pablo City who was also present at the event acknowledged the strong support of various government agencies specifically, LLDA, in pursuing the goal of a sustainable tourism development plan anchoring on the preservation and protection of the Seven Crater Lakes.A presentation on the Eco Tourism Plan for Lake Pandin...
Site Development Along Sampaloc Lake

Site Development Along Sampaloc Lake

Through the request of Board Members Karen Agapay, Rey Paras and Kathleen Yambot and approval of Governor Teresita Lazaro, a rehabilitation project along the shoreline of Sampaloc Lake has been started with funding from the Provincial Government.  Rip-rapping along the lakeshore in an area of about 50 meters  below Efarca Village has been started in the month of December 2009. Related articles across the web Laguna’s 7 Crater Lakes proclaimed world’s most threatened Yakap sa Lawa San Pablo – Nagcarlan – Liliw – Manila San Pablo wakes up to 7-lakes challenge The Lake That Turns Animals That Touch It Into Statue-Like Creatures (No,...
LLDA EXECUTIVE FORUM

LLDA EXECUTIVE FORUM

An LLDA Executive Forum was held with representatives from LLDA, FARMC, City officials and other stakeholders. Main issues discussed were: 1) Fishcage belting – The model with half the lake to be used for a fishing village (where the fishcages up to the allowable 10% of the total surface area)and the other half for recreational activities was proposed with general acceptance. A smaller meeting with FARMC and LLDA will be held on Nov 24 to discuss concerns, including moving of fishcages to the proposed site closer to the Brgy San Lucas and Brgy Concepcion areas. 2) Status of demolition – Since we are waiting for more units to be built at the GK housing site, demolition will start with the disqualified settlers. Due process will be followed, but LLDA will follow a timeline that has Dec 31, 2008 as a deadline for disqualified settlers.  They will be more lenient with the qualified settlers as we have to wait for the 30 units that GKwill build. 3) Easement regulations –LLDA says it will take about six months to resolve the issues surrounding easements surrounding the 7 lakes. They have to determine classification of the lands so they can apply the necessary regulations.  LLDA will coordinate with the City Assessor’s office. Other matters: GM Manda said that LLDA is requesting for a budget to create an extension office in San Pablo City. Councilor Ares Escudero will push for the drafting of a resolution to create a local tourism office. Regulations on the establishment of mini parks were clarified.  Any individual or group interested in adopting a mini park along Sampaloc Lake can visit Milo Tirones,...
Msgr. Jerry Bitoon Visits FSLF 2008

Msgr. Jerry Bitoon Visits FSLF 2008

Msgr. Jerry Bitoon visited with FSLF members and guests on August 12, 2008, The gathering was held at KKAN, Farmers Building, San Pablo City. Msgr. Jerry updated the group on Project 747, initiated by Lingap sa Pitong Lawa, which aims to raise P7million pesos for community development projects of the seven lakes and the city. Also discussed at the gathering is the upcoming YAKAP SA LAWA, Part 2, which is the community’s symbolic embrace in thanksgiving and unity for the environment to be held on October 10, 2008. With the Monsignor in photo are seated: Kathy Chan, Daida San Andres, Ed Jaramillo, Sue Azores and Judge Bienvenido Reyes. Standing are: Cari Azores, Remz Devanadera, Vic Anyayahan, Atty. Tony Lat, Arvin Carandang and Bobby...
World Water Day 2008

World Water Day 2008

San Pablo City, March 27, 2008 – The FSLF welcomed Chairman Ramon Alikpala and members of the Philippine Water Partnerships organizations to San Pablo City on March 27, 2008. The group spent the day in San Pablo City to learn about the seven lakes and the watershed as their way of celebrating World Water Day. They began their visit with a meeting with City Mayor, Vicente Amante, joined by the FSLF ofiicers. They then transferred to the Tahanan ni Aling Meding along Dagatan Blvd where presentations were made by the FSLF and the San Pablo City Water District. This was followed by lunch. The group then visited Sampaloc Lake, the Gawad Kalinga relocation site and Palakpakin Lake accompanied by members of the FSLF, FARMC and GK. They also drove to Pandin Lake, but the heavy rains prevented them from actually walking to the...
Yakap sa Lawa

Yakap sa Lawa

February 29, 2000 – The Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation held a mammoth rally on February 29, 2000 called ?Yakap sa Lawa?.  This is a symbolic embrace in love and protection of ?Inang Kalikasan? (Mother Nature) wherein eight thousand individuals helf hands in prayer around Sampaloc Lake, the largest of the seven lakes in the city of San Pablo.  This was the first time ever in the Philippines that a human chain was formed around a body of water to show environmental concern.  This was also the San Pablenos way of joining hands with the rest of the Filipino people, five days after the celebration of People Power as they declared that the ?spirit of EDSA is alive in San Pablo City?. On the morning of February 29 at 7:30 a.m., Laguna Governor Joey Lina and San Pablo City Mayor Vicente Amante came to the lakeshore for a symbolic demolition of illegal establishments (nightclubs and restaurants) along Sampaloc Lake by starting with the structure owned by the Mayor’s brother.  FSLF Spiritual Adviser, Msgr. Jerry Bitoon and FLSF President, Encarnacion Laurel were also on hand for the symbolic demolition along with FSLF members and friends. On the afternoon of February 29 at 2:00 p.m., the actual ?Yakap sa Lawa? took place as the thousands of participants trooped down from the main entryway into the lakeshore area going in opposite directions around the 4-kilometer perimeter road of Sampaloc Lake.  The two ends of the groups met on the opposite side of the lake in about 45 minutes.  At this juncture, the actual symbolic ?Yakap? took place followed by a brief ritual blessing of the environment.   A press conference was...