BUHI, Camarines Sur — Heedful of the plight of over 600 tilapia fish cage operators and marginal fishermen in Lake Buhi reeling from the dire effects of the massive “fish kill” resulting some P80 million in losses, Vice Gov. Fortunato Peña led the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to the Municipality of Buhi to address the cause of this catastrophe that has become a major concern for both the stakeholders and consumers in the entire province during a joint session with the Sangguniang Bayan of Buhi on Nov. 15.
Environment Disaster Management and Emergency Response Office (EDMERO) and the environment protection team of the Provincial Government, Bureau of Fisheries and Natural Resources, (BFAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Buhi Committee on Lake Development, and other agencies submitted their consolidated reports to legislative bodies, eyeing a number of tentative solutions to avoid a recurrence of the “fish kill” brought about by the decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen content in the water, contamination caused by excessive dumping of fish feeds, proliferation of water hyacinth, and some other natural causes.
Soil samples gathered from various portions of the lakebed also revealed varying amounts of sedimentation, indicative of accumulation of waste in the waters of the lake.
Among the recommendations made by the team which outlines the actions to be made by the Buhi local government involve the prohibition for the grant of new licenses and permit to build new fish cages, review of the permits of existing fish cage operators, massive cleanup drive and removal of water hyacinth in the lake, a drastic moratorium on fishing that will last 1-3 years, review of the existing agreement between LGU-Buhi, the NAPOCOR, and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).
EDMERO chief Luzena Bermeo stated that the final recommendation with respect to the social component of the study will be submitted anytime soon pending the results of their study pertaining to the impact to the community of their recommendations after they have concluded consultations with various sectors of the local community in Buhi.
The vice governor has signified his support to the course of action that the local government of Buhi will undertake as part of his unwavering commitment for the betterment of every municipality in the province, attuned with his advocacy of promoting Christian Innovative Leadership as a vehicle for progress to strengthen Gov. LRay Villafuerte’s efforts for the development of every community in CamSur.