The Inquirer Editorial on June 7 spoke of the overpopulation of fish pens in Taal Lake and Laguna de Bay. The problem is nothing new as Local Government Units with jurisdiction over these waters would attest. The more relevant question is, why does the problem persists? But once more the answer is long known. Laguna de Bay is supposedly up for major rehabilitation. The work is under the auspices of the Laguna Lake Development Authority.
Same with Taal Lake. Local governments have bewailed the situation for some years but they too are helpless. The Lake is national property.
While overpopulating these waters with fish pens is an environmental concern, the root issue is power- who wields it, how it is wielded, who gains, who loses.