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Lake Sebu clean-up drive steps up in May

The Forest and Inland Water Division of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO-FIWD) will again conduct their annual lake clean-up drive in the whole month of May.

PEMO will perform the clean-up drive in Lake Sebu and Lake Seloton, the two big lakes of Lake Sebu town, in partnership with its Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).

Forester Mary Jane Manlisis, PEMO-FIWD chief disclosed that hired personnel of MAO will carry out month-long maintenance activities in Lake Sebu as well as demolition of illegal fish cages, clearing of passageways and collection of water lilies in Lake Seloton.

PEMO have set aside P150,000.00 as budget for the annual clean-up to defray the labor cost and other incidental expenses relative to the project implementation.

During the first and second quarter of last year, PEMO with MAO-Lake Sebu started the massive clean-up of Lake Sebu and was able to collect hundreds of tons of water hyacinths, cleared the passageways of illegal structures and destroyed or confiscated numerous illegal fishpens and cages.

PEMO expects that this year’s clean-up drive will result to a more cleaner Lake Sebu with additional illegal fish pens and structures cleared compared to last year.



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