LLDA shuts down two companies in Taguig over reclamation issues
The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) ordered to stop the reclamation activities happening in Taguig which is led by two companies.
To recall, LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina has earlier issued a separate Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to IPM Construction and Development Corporation and Level Up Construction directing them to stop undertaking further illegal backfilling/reclamation activities and illegal dumping of waste materials/garbage into the shorelands of Laguna Lake.
The authority also filed a criminal case against the said corporations for violation of Section 4(d) of Republic Act No. 4850, as amended.
“Monitoring conducted showed poor water quality in the surrounding areas of IPM and Level Up. All the stations exceeded the guidelines in terms of inorganic phosphate, ammonia and fecal coliform while below the minimum limit for dissolved oxygen,” LLDA said.
“The Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), which is an indication of organic pollution, for the stations near the transfer stations exceeded the guidelines,” it added.
Medina ordered the clearing and preparation of rehabilitation plan of these areas located at the shoreland of the Laguna Lake.
“The reclaimed site appears to contain garbage mixed in soil that can contribute to the degradation of the lake water quality. The very large reclamation also affects the hydrology of the lake. This is a big mess that we all have to rehabilitate. A lot of work is being done by LLDA since the damage it has caused to the environment is extensive,” he further said.