PH tapping Hungary’s treatment solution to rehabilitate Laguna Lake

Published February 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Madelaine B. Miraflor

The Philippine government will tap Hungary’s treatment solution to rehabilitate Laguna Lake, the largest lake in the Philippines and the second largest inland freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

In line with the government’s plan to rehabilitate Laguna Lake, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Joey C. Medina recently met with Hungarian Water Technology Corporation Chief Executive Officer Adrián Kiss here in Manila.

To be exact, LLDA and Hungarian Water Technology Corporation hopes to conduct a feasibility study for a prototype design that could be a long-term wastewater treatment solution for the Laguna Lake.

Laguna Lake is located east of Metro Manila between the provinces of Laguna to the south and Rizal to the north. It drains through Pasig River to Manila Bay.

For his part, Piñol said he supports initiatives to rehabilitate Laguna Lake and those that would complement the government’s Project Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (BASIL), which was launched last year with the aim to restore and rehabilitate major lakes and river around the country.

Aside from this, the project also aims to maximize economic benefits of fishers and provide them a sustainable livelihood.

During the meeting, Piñol also shared that DA plans on promoting agro-forestry farming in the watershed areas of Laguna Lake.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said he is looking at Laguna Lake as his next target in the list of important water bodies that require immediate attention.

“I intend to clean up the Laguna Lake. That’s my goal,” Cimatu said.

In order to achieve his goal, Cimatu said he would need the commitment and cooperation of DENR field officials, particularly the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) in the provinces of Laguna and Rizal.