Aquino orders release of P270M for Laguna de Bay rehabilitation

January 6, 2012 11:43 pm 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Jan 6 – President Benigno Aquino III has directed the release of P270 million for scientific projects aimed at improving Laguna de Bay’s water quality.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the fund would be issued to the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to start six projects that would establish pollution prevention and water filtration facilities, as well as reform activities to make the agency more functional and effective.

“Environment sustainability that benefits all is among the key priorities of President Aquino. This administration aims to rescue Laguna de Bay from environmental blight and to revive its role as a source of life and livelihood in Luzon,” he said.

Abad said P79.5 million of the allocation would be used for the Laguna de Bay Quality Management Restoration Water Parks, to aid in the mitigation and control of the bay’s degradation process.

He said that “these facilities, which employ bioremediation technology, will help accelerate natural ecological processes and establish momentum for environmental improvement.”

The government also aims to construct a P100-million worth eco-friendly LLDA headquarters, targeted to be the first “green, climate-sensitive and energy-efficient” government building, that would house LLDA laboratories and permanent offices.

The construction of the building showcases the Aquino administration’s commitment to mainstream ecological- and climate-change-sensitive governance, Abad said.

Also, P50 million would be allocated to upgrade LLDA’s outdated laboratory equipment and instruments while P21 million will be provided for the concreting of the road from Sitio Pantay, Barangay Dalig to Teresa Recovery Facility (MRF) and Teresa Learning Center and Eco Park (LRCEP), which are gaining popularity for their environmentally sound activities.

Abad said P15 million of the fund to be released to LLDA would be used for its Project Feasibility Development Team, which is essential in enhancing, augmenting, and strengthening the developmental mandate of LLDA beyond its regulatory functions while P4.5 million will be used to acquire motor boats for LLDA to aid in surveillance and monitoring activities on the lake surface. (PNA) RMA/JS/utb

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