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LLDA loses out on P29M income in 2018 due to system lapses

Aug 25, 2019 @ 16:33

by Allan Yves Briones

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) lost out on P29.47 million in potential revenue in 2018 due to lapses in their rental fees collection system, a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) disclosed.

“[I]t is only when…delinquent operators voluntarily settle or renew their permits that their delinquency is acted upon by LLDA,” the report read.

State auditors cited LLDA’s collection practice in relation to rental fees from fish pen and cage operators, having collected on only 3.32 percent of the total number of delinquents.

Audit records showed that in 2018, over 3,000 fish pen and cage operators did not pay their rental fees, due to LLDA deficiencies.

“Thus, they continue to operate and use the lake resources, contrary to the provision of the above-mentioned guidelines that delinquents will no longer be allowed to operate and will be subject for demolition,” COA said.

The costs for running fish pens and cages in a year are pegged at P6,000 per square meter and P4,200 per square meter, respectively – which could net the government millions of pesos in additional revenue.

COA urged the LLDA to ensure strict monitoring of delinquent operators, as well as the implementation of their guidelines with regards those operations subject to demolition – including the facilitation of annual registration.

On the part of LLDA executives, they said that they will continue to collect on delinquent fees, as well as the preparation of a database of aquaculture operators and the “issuance of notices of registration and guidelines for annual registration of fish pens/fish cages operators.”

LLDA is under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tasked with the preservation of the Laguna de Bay and its tributary rivers.

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