The event was participated by over 150 multi-sectoral audience composed of
fisherfolks and farmers’ organizations, students, non-government organizations
working on the lake, and employees from the local government and government agencies.
Also launched during the event was the Ramsar's Wetlands Youth Photo Contest.
The forum discussed topics on -
"Tourism in Laguna de Bay" by Ms. Rebecca V.
Labit, Regional Director of Department of Tourism - CALABARZON
"Shared Service Facility on Fish Processing"
by Mr. Johmar Gonzales,
Municipal Administrator of Pila
"Mitigating the Devastation of Knife Fish in
Laguna Lake" by Mr. Romeo San Juan, Chairman of
Mangingisda Alyansa ng Pila
"Lambat para sa Ikauunlad ng Mangingisda at sa Lawa"
by Mr. Felimon Buena, President of Kapatiran ng Malalayang
Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Pilipinas (KAMMMPI)
"Increasing the awareness on Wetlands Conservation
and Livelihood Opportunities of Lakeshore Communities in Cardona"
by Mr. Jaime Evangelista, Chairman of Ugnayan ng
mga Mamamayan at Mangingisda ng Rizal (UGMMARIZ)
was followed by an open forum. Major issues discussed and stated
in the open forum include knifefish devastation in Laguna de Bay,
reclamation projects for dikes and expressway in Laguna de Bay which
are strongly opposed by the fisherfolks organizations
present because of possible adverse impacts not only on their
livelihood but also on the social and environmental status of
communities living along the lakeshore.
The Forum was able to highlight the link between the integrity of
wetlands and its ability to provide sustainable livelihoods to local
communities. It also promoted awareness on wetlands conservation,
particularly in Laguna de Bay, and recommended that further
discussion on the issues raised be pursued in future fora to provide
a venue for stakeholders to express their concerns on pressing issues
confronting important wetlands in the country.