The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday was urged by fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) not to revive a mega dike project Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP).
Fisherfolk, residents, environmentalists and other concerned sectors said this will pose a grave threat to the already fragile marine environment and species in the 90-thousand hectare lake of Laguna de Bay.
The project which costs P122.8 billion, will deprive around 4.9 million fisherfolk and urban poor families of their livelihood once revived, they protested.
The two component projects includes a 47-kilometer expressway dike from the cities of Muntinlupa and Taguig (both in Metro Manila) to Los Banos, Laguna; and the 700-hectare reclamation area intended for commercial, residential and mixed use.
Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya chairman, in a statement said “the DENR’s initiative to rehabilitate Laguna de Bay through a moratorium on fishpens will become futile unless this mega dike [project]that is a total menace to the lake would be suspended permanently. We hope that fishpen dismantling is not a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the total conversion of the productive fishing water of Laguna de Bay into a money-making eco-tourism hub for business tycoons and the rich.”