LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta
Pamalakaya wants LLDA Chief Neric Acosta charged for negligence and incompetence
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) wants to investigate and charge Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Nereus “Neric” Acosta for the rampant proliferation of fish pens and reclamation activities in Laguna de Bay during his term.
Pamalakaya said while GM Acosta has recently ordered the dismantling of vast fish pens in Laguna de Bay, the LLDA recently approved a total of 195 fish pen applicants; 46 of those are individuals, 8 cooperatives and 142 corporations.
During Acosta’s term, presence of fish pens in Laguna de Bay dramatically rose to 73.1%. Fish pens occupies 13, 000 hectares of Laguna de Bay on 2006, but rose to 22, 500 during Acosta’s term.
“We smell something fishy about GM Acosta’s stand against fish pens. Why only now? We think it’s only “papogi” to the present administration maybe so he could keep his position. Not one big fish pens were dismantled during his term, it even increased. Not one erring fish pen operators were prosecuted especially those who uses dummies to illegally acquire hundreds of hectares of fish pen areas, more than what is allowed. We want to know if there is a “secret partnership” between the LLDA official and private aquaculture firms that acquired large portions of Laguna de Bay,” Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.