Militants oppose lake flood control project


MANILA, Philippines—Militant groups on Friday raised fears that a P780-million flood control project around Laguna de Bay would displace some 400,000 people in four towns of Laguna province.

Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Save Laguna Lake Movement, and Anakpawis party-list said the construction of river control structures would require the massive demolition of communities living around the lake.

The groups said 400,000 people from the towns of Sta. Cruz, Sta. Maria, Mabitac and San Pedro could lose their homes.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya vice chair Salvador France and Anakpawis party-list vice chair Fernando Hicap said President Aquino had given the go-signal to carry out the “lake-wide demolition to pave way for the construction of river control structures along the four towns.”

They said they got the information from “reliable sources.”

“According to our reliable sources, the demolition of lake families will start right after the May 13, elections,” the groups said, adding that it was the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) that set the timetable for the completion of the flood control structures.

The groups warned of “an across-the-Laguna Lake revolt” if they pushed the “wrecking project in Laguna de Bay.”

“They better think over a million times before they proceed with this public-private partnership inspired project in the lake,” Hicap and France said.

The groups are questioning the propriety of the P780-million project granted by the Department of Public Works and Highways to LLDA, saying it is not a job of the lake agency.

“The LLDA is mandated by law to protect and preserve the 90,000 hectare lake for the benefit of fishing and farming families around the lake. It is not obliged to undertake public works,” the groups said.

LLDA general manager Neric Acosta earlier said the fund would be used to solve the perennial problem of flooding around the lake due to natural disasters exacerbated by uncontrolled logging and improper garbage disposal.

Under Republic Act No. 4850, the LLDA is tasked to plan, program, finance, or undertake infrastructure projects such as river, flood and tidal control works, among others.

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  • Pedro_Kawawa

    etong mga militante na to syadong mababaw ang mga pananaw! gusto nyo bang lumubog muna un lahat ng tao dyan sa paligid bago gumawa ng solusyon sa problema? aayusin naman un mga ma-displaced e! puro kayo reklamo bat di nyo muna pag aralan un mga plano ng gobyerno bago kayo pumutak ng pumutak! mga bwisit…

  • divictes

    Hay naku… Pagnalulunod kayo nagrereklamo kayo. Pag binibigyan kayo ng salbabida, binubutas ninyo…tsk tsk…

  • antonio ferrer

    Halos lahat kayong mga militante, hindi naman kayo ang nakatira sa mga baryo ng paligid ng laguna de bay ay puro kayo dakdak..alam ba ninyo ang tinitiis namin mga hirap sa loob ng 5- or 6 na buwang nakalubog ang aming mga tahanan sa tubig, mabuti na lang at napagpondohan ng ating gobyerno ang paglalagay ng dike sa palibot ng lawa..biro mong laging ginhawa sa amin na nakatira sa paligid ng lawa pag natuloy ang paglalagay ng dike ngayon nga ay eentra nanaman kayo…nakakasuklam kayo. wala kayong iniintindi kundi ang sarili ninyong kapakanan..pabayaan ninyo kami puwede ba ha……nakakahiya kayo….

  • Loggnat

    The Laguna bai lake used to have current flowing from the west where water from the mountains replenishes the lake to the east where several large and small rivers drains the lake water to Manila Bay. During rainy season, the silt flowing from the mountains is carried by that current to the rivers and most ends up in the marshes in the mouth of the rivers in the bay. Since majority of the rivers that drains the lake to the bay has all been built over or flood control gates constructed to prevent flood in Manila, ie. Malacañang Palace along Pasig river, that lake current has slowed and even disappeared or stopped flowing most of the times. The silt from the mountain without that current flow and dynamic draining of the lake water to Manila bay just settles and accumulates in the lake making it shallower. No dredging or construction of more flood control gates will rehabilitate the lake without addressing the proper draining to return that lake current flow that it use to have before the uncontrolled development on and around its rivers. I was lucky enough to have enjoyed and explored the Laguna Bai lake and its rivers in 50’s and 60’s while growing up around it.

  • D3marketers

    Meron naman daw mas magandang proposal ang mga militante, “they will encircle Laguna de bay from the countryside and they will set up a white castle in the middle of the lake as their seat of government”….hmmmm….mukhang mas maganda naman pala

  • $5699914

    Sala sa lamig, sala sa init.
    Hindi naman dapat nandiyan sa tabing lawa ang mga taon giyan, in the first place.

  • klepto

    The flood control may displace 400,000 but without it, the whole place will be in danger of getting flooded.

    On the other hand everybody know that 30% of that 780M will go to the pockets of the thieves in our government.

    So there is really no choice at all left for the good and benefit of everybody. We have a government which is useless, incompetent, corrupt and we have a population who is dumb and stupid.

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