Business group backs move to dismantle Laguna Lake fish pens

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2016 11:20 PM

MANILA — The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on Friday said it supports the government's move to dismantle big fish pens at the Laguna Lake in efforts to preserve its ecosystem.

The business group backs the initiative to save the lake by not renewing permits to operate fish pens next year.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources earlier bared plans to turn the lake into an ecotourism zone.

The lake provides livelihood to fisher folk and serves as a water source for domestic use and irrigation.

PCCI president George Barcelon said the Laguna Lake Development Authority should also come up with a master plan to address domestic waste, urban run-off, and agricultural pollution.

The PCCI can assist the lake development group in formulating the master plan, Barcelon said.