The Parañaque City Task Force Unit led the removal of illegal structures in the Bulungan Fish Port area in Parañaque City.
The Task Force, headed by (Ret.) Col. Rolando Santiago was assisted by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Parañaque City led by its head, Mr. Mark Allen Besa, the Parañaque Task Force Unit, Civil Service Unit (CSU) Parañaque, Philippine National Police Maritime Group, and Traffic and Parking Management Office (TPMO) of Parañaque City.
DENR National Capital Region’s Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief and concurrent Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) Protected Area Superintendent (PASU) Aida E. Esguerra, as well as Director Bobby V. Tagapan of the DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-South (MEO-South) was invited by the Task Force to witness the activity.
The Bulungan Fish Port is adjacent to the (LPPWP), one of the declared protected areas of Metro Manila under Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018. It is also one of the eight Ramsar sites in the country.
Given its conservation status, it is important that any construction in the area which could adversely affect the ecological integrity of the area is prevented.
To ensure that illegal structures are barred from returning, MEO-South’s River Protection Officers and Coastal Rangers will continue monitoring the area in coordination with the barangay, city government, and other related agencies.