Intervention sought on fish cage ops-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A RESORT owner sought the intervention of the City Council on the alleged continuous fish cage operations in Punta Dumalag, Davao City despite the issuance of a closure order last year.
In a letter dated September 2, Elizabeth S. Dureza, chair of Davao Seagull Resorts Development Inc. and Allied Services, said it has been observed that others failed to comply with the previous directive of former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio regarding the stoppage of fish cage operations in Punta Dumalag.
With the continuous and rising fish cage operations, she said the sanitation and health concerns in the area are being affected due to "poor facilities such as septic tanks and drainage and water pipes".
Dureza said there is a need for the City Council to conduct probe regarding the complaint.
The water sampling conducted by the City Agriculturist's Office in 2011 revealed that the water in Dumalag is positive with coliform bacteria (Total and Fecal).
The bacteria in the area have increased, based on an environmental impact study made by the Department of Science and Technology and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in 2011, wherein the level of water pollution increased and might affect the residents nearby.
"We, in the tourism business, are greatly affected by this as one of the major and long-standing resorts (are situated) along the wide-stretched white sand beach. The guests who come to visit the resort can no longer enjoy what used to be crystal clear clean blue waters," Dureza said in her letter.
The City Agriculturist's Office recorded a total of 36 fish cages in Matina Aplaya since 2011. Of the 36, 11 were set to be demolished after they were found to be operating without permits.
The City Council approved the letter of Dureza under first reading during the regular session on Tuesday and is set for a committee hearing with all stakeholders anytime soon.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 19, 2013.