ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Sept 15 (PIA) — The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the local government of Taytay and two fast food chains have signed an agreement on Friday to rehabilitate the Laguna Lake and show the private companies’ support through their corporate environmental responsibilities.
Present during the signing were LLDA General Manager and Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection Neric Acosta, Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula, McDonald’s Golden Arches Development Corp. Vice President Romeo Bacocho and Kentucky Fried Chicken General Manager Leah Liza Juinio.
The agreement serves as an initiative to promote environmental awareness.
Gacula ecalled that during his youth, Laguna Lake along Taytay was abundant with fish such as ayungin, biya and kanduli or shrimp.
“Back in the day we could pull up a water lily and under it we would find enough shrimp to fill a ‘tabo’ and it would only be worth 25 centavos.”
He noted, however, due to the lake’s condition, today’s youth do not get to experience what their generation had.
“As of now Laguna Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Asia yet it is also the most degraded. Biodiversity is also damaged due to the presence of invasive species such as knife fish,” said Acosta.
Acosta also commended the fast food chains who signed the agreement together with LLDA and the local government unit (LGU).
“I hope that other companies will be enticed to follow what McDonald’s and KFC are doing now so they too can be part of environmental protection,” said Acosta.
He hoped that other agencies or organizations show concern for the lake in line with the LLDA’s slogan “Ibalik ang Diwa ng Lawa.”
“We strongly encourage companies to exercise their corporate environmental responsibility,” he said.
A tree planting activity entitled “Laguna Bay, It’s so good, kaya love ko ‘to!” was also held that day near the Sitio Tapayan Bridge, C6 Road, Sta. Ana, Taytay where 100 LLDA employees, 100 Taytay LGU employees and media, 100 KFC employees and 100 McDonald’s employees participated in planting trees along the Laguna Lake. (LLDA/GG-PIA4A)