Lake authority, Munti launch fish sanctuary

The Laguna Lake Development Authority and Muntinlupa City launched Thursday the Muntinlupa Fish Sanctuary in Bayanan, Baywalk.

LLDA General Manager Nereus Acosta and Mayor Jaime Fresnedi led the rites consisting of the oath-taking of fishing community officers in barangays Sucat, Buli, Cupang, Alabang, Bayanan, Putatan, Poblacion and Tunasan, distribution of 200,000 red tilapia fingerlings and the awarding of the fish pen share of Muntinlupa for P2.8 million from LLDA.

Largely overlooked by the previous administration, lake management is a top Fresnedi priority to ensure the protection of the country’s largest freshwater water lake.

Acosta commended Fresnedi for his rehabilitation program and livelihood assistance to shore communities.

The Bayanan and Sucat hatcheries serve as primary fingerling sources in restocking the lake to ensure productive catch. 

Under the Lake Management Office chief Valentino Niefes, “Bantay Lawa” projects include the demolition of illegal fishpens, clean up and other anti-pollution measures under the city hall’s Environmental Cluster operations.

The inauguration of the 2,500-square meter fish sanctuary was joined by City Councilors led by Majority Floor Leader Patricio Boncayao, Louie Arciaga and Vergel Ulanday along with Kagawad Nap Durante of Alabang, and Caloy Casaldon of Tunasan.

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