Illegal fish structures in Parañaque City targeted by DENR

In the city of Parañaque, specifically on the waters of the Manila Bay zone, the illegal fish structures became the topic of interest for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which called out to the owners to have their structures dismantled.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) news report. Some parts in boldface…

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging owners of illegal fish structures in Manila Bay waters off Parañaque City to voluntarily dismantle these already.

Removing such structures will help reduce navigational hazards in Manila Bay and is aligned with the 2008 Supreme Court order which seeks to make this water body fit again for contact recreation, noted DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

“We’re calling on owners of the structures, maybe you can already self-dismantle these instead of the government doing the work,” he said at a virtual press conference late Tuesday afternoon.

He noted self-dismantling will enable the owners to somehow recover materials they used in building the structures. That would not be possible if government undertakes the dismantling, he continued.

Last week, Antiporda said authorities have spotted about eight fish structures off the waters of Parañaque. Each of those structures covered an area of almost one hectare, he noted.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Were you able to spot any illegal fish structure within Parañaque City? Apart from being a hot spot for crime and drug-bust operations, do you think Parañaque is already a hot spot for illegal fish structures? Could there be a lot more of them than what the DENR has seen?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Tahanan Village Update (May 9, 2019)

In recent times, the water supply interruption experienced by Maynilad customers in South Metro Manila became a hassle for many families and business establishments.

During my recent visit at Tahanan Village in Parañaque City, I noticed the Tahanan Homeowners Association, Inc. (THA) issued a new bulletin through its official publication Tahanan Flash. It deals with the recent water supply problems and clarifies who in their village is responsible with the Maynilad water tanker deliveries into the village, etc.

Also take note that in order for a household to be served with water from Maynilad, the homeowner must call 1626 first and be patient for the water to be delivered which can take days. No call, no pre-assignment, no water.

For clarity, posted below is the full page of the Tahanan Flash. Read and learn. Please share this article to others. Thanks.

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My Observations: Maynilad’s In-Line Booster Project-Related Digging Along Presidents Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

This morning I passed by Presidents Avenue in Barangay BF Homes coming from Parañaque City Hall and along the way I noticed a closed-off portion of the road which was a project of water concessionaire Maynilad.

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The location of  an early digging (related to Maynilad’s planned in-line booster) at the corner of Presidents Avenue and President Quezon street (according to Google Map). The project will take months to complete and may mean additional traffic congestion due to reduced road space.

I went near it and took a few pictures. As of today – March 19, 2019 – what I saw was an early digging of a portion of the road and clearly there is still a long way to go before Maynilad gets to complete the in-line booster project which, if successful, will prove to be very crucial to the water requirements of the many residents and businesses in and around BF Homes.

A few months ago, I talked with Augusto “Boy” Tejada, the president of the Tahanan Homeowners Association, Inc. (THA) who relayed to me details about the December 2018 meeting between his association, their residents and officials of Maynilad. It was during that meeting when the water concessionaire revealed that they plan to construct a water pressure booster somewhere inside the area of Teoville Village 3 and that construction will take around six months to complete.

More importantly the project was designed to boost the water pressure beyond the current limit of 30 PSI (pounds per square inch) which by today’s standards is no longer sufficient to meet the businesses and household needs. Tejada told me that due to location, elevation and distance away from the main gate of the village, there are houses that had trouble receiving water through the pipelines. Some houses have their second or third floors that water cannot even reach.

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The mention of the year 2016 on the sign suggests that the project was planned that year but was only executed recently.

As of this writing, Maynilad’s water booster project is planned to not only boost the water pressure (to ensure constant and reliable access to water) but also be linked to the new water filtration plant of the company located in Muntinlupa City.

Improved access to water should translate into better satisfaction for family needs and certain improvements to the many businesses operating around BF Homes.

Until that happens, local residents will have to endure the related hassles like traffic disruptions due to street or sidewalk diggings, the arrival of trucks carrying construction materials, etc.