The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) installs markers in the Laguna de Bay to further organize structures within the Lake as part of the Authority’s Zoning and Management Plan (ZOMAP).

LLDA, led by Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection and LLDA General Manager Secretary Neric O. Acosta and the Management Committee installed 24 fishcage blocks on the Lake’s fishcage belt. The markers will span the municipalities of Angono, Binangonan, and Cardona, all in the Province of Rizal.

“We are doing this as part of our ongoing efforts to restore the ecological balance within the Laguna Lake,” Sec. Acosta said. “The ZOMAP ensures that the Lake’s carrying capacity for aquastructures and its function as a transport route is well-maintained,” he added.

According to Engr. Aloysius Capisonda, Officer-in-Charge of SMD, after the markers are put in place all fishcages within the Laguna Lake will be transferred within the zone. “When we have clearly marked the allocated area for fishcages, owners will now know where they are permitted to put up their structures, thus avoiding unnecessary overcrowding in certain areas,” he said.

To effectively regulate and control aquastructures in Laguna de Bay, the President of the Philippines through Executive Order No. 349 dated July 18, 1995 approved the Laguna de Bay Master Plan wherein the 1996 ZOMAP has been embodied. The ZOMAP is considered as the most feasible management system for the equitable allocation of the lake’s fishery resource.

The Phase I of the ZOMAP which involves the transfer and/or realignment of all registered fishpens inside the designated fishpen belt was completed in 1998, while the implementation of Phase II is ongoing, which pertains to the transfer of all registered fishcages inside the fishcage belt.

The designated fishpen or fishcage belt per municipality was established through area demarcation and installation of markers. So far, the fishcage belt off the waters of Binangonan Talim has been completed. At present, installation of markers to establish the fishcage belt in Binangonan Main is presently being undertaken which is composed of 10 blocks with a total effective area of about 380 hectares. Based on the records of our Clearances and Permits Division (CPD), there are 101 fishcage operators qualified for area allocation in the fishcage belt covering a total area of about 65 hectares.

On the other hand, delinquent operators are not qualified to transfer in the fishcage belt and shall be issued Notice of Violation (NOV) giving them 15 days to self-demolish their structures.