LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta

Addressing root causes of Laguna de Bay deterioration is a path towards its genuine rehabilitation – fisherfolk to new LLDA Chief

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The worsening condition of Laguna de Bay

rehabilitation – fisherfolk to new LLDA Chief

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) dares the newly-appointed General Manager (GM) of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to decisively address fundamental problems besetting Laguna de Bay that result to its gradual degradation.

On Monday, Nerius Acosta has been replaced by Joey Medina as the new General Manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said the new Laguna de Bay GM will be met with many challenges he acquired from his predecessor that  needs to confront thoroughly like the effects of past government projects that contribute to the deterioration of the 90-thousand hectare brackish lake. PAMALAKAYA said getting rid of wide-fish pens in Laguna de Bay is part of the new General Manager’s urgent task to rehabilitate and revive the lake.

The new LLDA GM should face the fundamental problems and issues besetting Laguna de Bay fair and square. Laguna de Bay and its fishersfolk doesn’t need another incompetent and mediocre LLDA Chief that will do nothing on his post but to let numerous destructive projects push through even under the tip of its nose,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Pamalakaya wants LLDA Chief Neric Acosta charged for negligence and incompetence

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Pamalakaya wants LLDA Chief Neric Acosta charged for negligence and incompetence

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LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta | Photo courtesy of old.abante.com.ph

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.

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