PGMA orders Atienza, Manda to set aside differences

October 5, 2009 10:23 am 

MANILA, Oct. 5 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered Environment Secretary Lito Atienza and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Edgardo Manda to set aside their differences and find efficient solutions to the flooding in the Laguna area.

In a press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez said Manda and Atienza should work together to resolve the issues facing them.

“Right now it is high time (for them) to work together, act together so that efficient solutions can be made and can be implemented as soon as possible,” he added.

When pressed if Malacanang will give its blessings to Atienza’s challenge to investigate Manda’s alleged negligence that caused the flooding in Laguna de Bay, Golez noted that with the country still emerging from the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy, “everybody must be forward looking to resolve any issues confronting them.”

Atienza earlier blamed Manda for allowing fish pens to proliferate in Laguna de Bay that caused the flooding in Laguna.

Manda, for his part, said that fish pens should not only be blamed for the flooding but also the vanishing vegetation in watersheds surrounding Laguna de Bay.

Several towns in Laguna and Metro Manila have been submerged in water since typhoon Ondoy wreaked havoc in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces last week. (PNA) /V3/OPS/ssc/

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