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Davao dad bats for Lake Venado temporary closure

by RG Alama

Davao City (17 June) -- During their May climb to the country's highest peak, Davao City First district Councilor Leo Avila, witnessed first hand the huge amount of trash that has engulfed Lake Venado in Mt. Apo.

During the City Council session last June 16, Councilor Avila presented a resolution which urges the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Protected Areas Management Board (DENR-PAMB) to close Lake Venado to climbers and tourists for a period of three to five years.

The closure would allow for the lake's rehabilitation. He said rehab plans would entail taking out the trash particularly dredging the lake for garbage. He estimates a budget of P20-million would be needed to carry out the rehabilitation.

"Very dirty" says Avila about the current state of the lake which is a favorite camping ground for climbers en route to and coming down from the peak of Mount Apo.

He plans to show videos taken from the city council and to show how worse the human pollution is, he says he is editing the video just to sanitize it. "Its just so dirty not just trash, but waste, human waste," Avila says.

The rehabilitation plan would also make the lake a prime eco-tourism destination.

However, he expects opposition from different local government units that covers Mt Apo. But Avila says the proposal is a little sacrifice for a good purpose. And not all trails would pass up Venado, which makes Mt. Apo still open for climbers. (PIA) [top]

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