Duterte orders agencies to mitigate impact of Taal Lake fish kill

June 03, 2019
Salvador Panelo

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday directed government agencies to carry out measures aimed at mitigating the impact of fish kill in Taal Lake in Batangas.

Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has “expressed concern about the fish kill,” which according to fisheries experts was caused by sulfur upswelling triggered by the strong amihan (northeast monsoon) accompanied by extreme temperature drop.

“The President has directed the appropriate government offices to closely monitor the situation, particularly the water quality in Taal Lake,” Panelo said.

“He also required the officials concerned to undertake measures to mitigate the impact of the natural phenomenon. He ordered increased vigilance over the prices and supplies, as well as the freshness of fish sold in the market,” Panelo said.

The Palace asked the public to refrain from “spreading false news” on the fish kill “which may only cause undue alarm.”

Authorities said over 600 tons of tilapia valued at P42.9 million have died due to the fish kill which affected 121 fish cages in Bgy. Buso Buso and Gulod in Laurel town, and Bgy. Banaga in Agoncillo municipality.