By Joone Clooney
The Ideal Masterplan: The Brief Rehabilitation Summary Of Laguna Lake Phase 1 & 2 as Ecotourism Driving Sustainable Development And Business Hub” with Certificate of Copyright Recordation and Deposit Certificate No. 0-2019-00046 of the Republic of the Philippines, The National Library of the Philippines, and The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines has been propagated by the ALPHA OMEGA BUILDERS CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
The feasibility study includes analysis, recommendations, and proposals for Laguna Lake, population, solutions, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use focusing on public input, surveys, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics, and social and economic conditions.
The Alpha Omega Builders Construction And Development Corporation spearheaded by its Chairman-CEO HENRY BANDA and Engr. Exequiel Ramos, the Project Engineer, is helping rehabilitate and develop the largest lake in the Philippines and third-largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The Laguna Lake project will strengthen lake supervision and also improve the management of solid waste and agricultural pollution, develop artificial wetlands and its environs. It also includes wastewater treatment plants and a wastewater collection network to intercept sewage that flows into the streams of Laguna Lake.
Laguna Lake is the main source of water, fish, aquaculture, agriculture food commodities, and industrial raw materials and manufactured goods. It is also a temporary basin. It is used as a transport route but still can be further developed.
Engr. Ramos once cited that Laguna Lake in the 1980s was ideal for swimming and fishing. Today, Laguna de Bay has become a public threat, according to him.
Rapid urbanization, industrial development, and deforestation of its watershed have extremely damaged the ecosystem which urgently needs rehabilitation.
Despite this, Laguna de Bay still thrives as the heart for agricultural and aquaculture activities which include the planting of rice, animal husbandry, duck-raising, fishing, and fish farming.
“The lake is dying already. It used to be bluish-green but in this current times it has become muddy brown,” added Banda. Pollution of the lake poses a major threat to the food supply. “If Boracay can be saved instantly, I don’t see why Laguna de Bay can’t be saved too,” Banda explains.
Preserved in the artwork of Amorsolo and in the poetry of Jose Rizal, the Laguna de Bay and its surrounding environs maintain an important perception in our country’s collective memory. However, its beauty and meaning to the Filipinos are not simply a thing of the past; indeed Laguna de Bay is a living lake that continues to nourish this country, providing water for us to drink as well as food on our tables.