FISHERFOLK belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) slammed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for failing to address the cause of the fish kill in Lake Mainit in Surigao Del Norte.
Massive fish kill have infested the Lake Mainit for the last three weeks, affecting thousands of fishermen and fish vendor depending on the lake.
Pamalakaya believed that the fish kill was caused by mining operations of Greenstone Resources, Inc. as its tailings pond spills over the lake during heavy rains.
The group assailed the BFAR for its in action on the complaint.
“The fisherfolk and the whole community already know the reason of this fish kill but it seems the BFAR is turning into a blind eye. We want to know the reason behind BFAR’s reluctant and lack of willingness to address the cause of this economic and environmental disaster. Are they protecting the main culprits here?” Salvador France, the group’s vice-chairperson, said in a statement.
Pamalakay also demanded for the immediate relief to the thousands of fishermen and residents whose livelihoods have been affected since the fish kill happened.
The group also asked the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to issue a cease and desist order to all large-scale mining operations that deliberately destroys the environment and natural resources.