DPWH installs trash nets to save Iligan fishing grounds

THE REGION
November 21, 2019

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ILIGAN CITY, Nov. 1 (PIA)--More than 10 tons of household trash has been collected by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Lanao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office from its trash nets since their installation last June 2019. 

The trash net system is the simple solution employed by DPWH to prevent domestic garbage and junk from reaching Iligan Bay.

Iligan Bay is one of the most important fishing grounds of the southern Philippines. It once supported vast quantities of commercially important species like the gray mullet, anchovy, and oil sardine. 

Other important species found in the bay are crustaceans like shrimps, prawns, and blue crabs. However, illegal fishing and the effects of burgeoning coastal communities only contributed to the steady decline of marine catches.

“We hope to stem the tide and restore back the abundance of our local fishing grounds. We feel that by protecting Iligan Bay from domestic garbage, we are moving towards the right direction," District Engineer Alykhan Ali said.

Residential wastes like plastic bottles, food packaging, discarded clothing, magazines comprise about ninety-percent of the garbage collected from the reusable nets. Organic materials like leaves and small pieces of old furniture make up the remaining percentage.

The trash nets are installed underneath bridges in barangays Tibanga and Tubod. After heavy rain, the nets collect the waste materials and debris but these allow the water to flow freely towards the sea.

Recently, DPWH-Lanao del Norte 2nd District also participated in the celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day held September 21.  During the activity, more than 50 sacks of garbage were collected along the shoreline of Barangay Santiago, this City. (DPWH-PIO/PIA10)


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