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Laguna de Bay Basin Master Plan: 2016 and Beyond

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1. Background. Laguna Lake (or, Laguna de Bay) is the largest lake in the Philippines
and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. In view of its multiplicity of uses and
benefits, its basin (or region) is the most important, dynamic and among the fastest
growing economic bases in the country. It has become the catch basin to Metro
Manilas population and urbanization/industrialization over-spill. As the region has
developed, the lake has suffered increasing levels of agricultural, industrial and
domestic wastewater pollution. The possible consequences of the rapid swelling
of population include food and water shortage, worsening traffic congestion and
environmental degradation, thus significantly affecting Laguna de Bay and its

2. Rationale. Programs and projects under the 1995 Laguna de Bay Master Plan
have been mainstreamed in the LLDA portfolio, some of which are pioneering and
tested in the Laguna de Bay Region, such as the Environmental User Fee System
(EUFS), Laguna de Bay Institutional Strengthening and Community Participation
(LISCOP) Project, River Rehabilitation Program, Zoning and Management Plan
(ZOMAP) and Laguna de Bay Carbonshed Project, among others. These have
been funded by a combination of corporate funds, user fees (fishpens/fishcage
fees, water abstraction fees), regulatory fees, national government funds through
the General Appropriations Act (GAA), loans contracted by the National
Government, and technical assistance grants.

3. Past and Recent Efforts on Plan Updating. After 20 years since the master plan
was put in place, efforts to update this plan were exhibited through the following

Development of the Framework for the New Laguna de Bay Master Plan:
Laguna de Bay Basin 2020: focus on the following tasks: (i) paradigm shift
to strengthen LLDAs regulatory mandate and intensify implementation of big-
ticket programs and projects to push economic growth and sustainable
development; (ii) financing new programs/projects following PPP approach; and
(iii) climate proofing the lake basin. It contains initial strategies to harness the
economic potentials of the Basin to ensure sustainable use of the Lake and its

Formulation of the Spatial Development Master Plan (SDMP) for the Laguna
de Bay Basin: Land and Water Use and Physical Development Plan 2011-
2020: translates/elaborates the Framework plan consisting of spatial and non-
spatial broad-based strategic policy and program directions towards the
reconfiguration of the development and management of the Laguna de Bay
Basin that will address existing and emerging natural resource challenges and
other issues such as climate change, disaster reduction, among others. SDMP
embodies 54 programs and projects, with project briefs, with total cost
estimated at P300 million to be funded through the GAA, corporate funds, loans
and grants, PPP, purely private initiatives with public incentives and market-
based instruments such as user fees.

4. Attributes/ Justification for Plan Updating. The three (3) attributes as rationale for the
current plan updating are: (i) environment and health risks that are posed to the citizens living
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in the basin particularly that segment of the population that are highly vulnerable to poor
environmental quality; (ii) institutional capacity challenges in balancing the wide range of
demanding interests and the supplying capacities; and (iii) lack of mechanisms and
capacities for development of environmental and water-related infrastructure that are
imperatives for sustainable water resources development.

5. Current Plan Updating in Relation to Previous Efforts. The current efforts

represent a more strategic and cohesive approach to harmonize past and recent
outputs and review, update and/or confirm the most recent (2011) spatial
development plan, which was not officially adopted by LLDA, to
coherently state the desired future development of the lake basin. Hence, in order
to build technical capacity and ownership of the basin plan, the LLDA opted to create
an in-house Technical Working Group (TWG) for the formulation of a master plan
by virtue of Memorandum Order No. 2015-46 dated July 7, 2015 to produce this
Laguna de Bay Basin Development Plan 2016-2026. The updated master plan
will integrate basin-scale strategic policies, program/project concepts towards the
development of a set of more detailed sub-basin or thematic plans in the coming
year (2016 and beyond), possibly leading to a full-blown Laguna de Bay Master
Plan in the medium to long-term period.

6. Planning Unit. The Laguna de Bay Basin refers to the hydrological/geographical

boundaries with 2,920 km2 area, or simply defined by the ridges from where water
flows into the Lake. The basin includes 24 river basins that contribute to the water
flowing to the lake. On the other hand, Laguna de Bay Region as defined by R.A.
4580 as amended describes the administrative boundaries or the mandated
jurisdiction of the LLDA with 3,880 km2, based on administrative boundaries of cities
and municipalities. The administrative region is substantially larger than the basin.
The LLDA has the mandate to govern land and water uses in the overall Laguna
de Bay Region. Hence, the planning unit for this Master Plan updating is the
Laguna de Bay Region. For purposes of this plan updating, the terminologies
basin and region are used interchangeably.
7. The Laguna de Bay Basin Updated Master Plan Framework adopts the Integrated
Lake Basin Management (ILBM) which is a form of Integrated Water Resource
Management focused on lentic water systems (World Bank 2009, Nakamura 2007).

8. From the long list of issues and problems discussed in detail in Chapter 3, the
following were prioritized as most critical for basin authorities to address given
the influence and control of contributing factors, impact on the lake, and urgency:

Pollution and waste primarily from domestic and agricultural sources

Multiple and often conflicting water uses
Vulnerability of lakeshore settlements and developments to flood hazards
and related health and economic risks, and indecision over resettlement
Poorly regulated developments on the shoreland, and critical
watersheds inclusive of tenurial constraints, database management and
Fragmented utility infrastructure developments, including siting and
development regulations of these investments
Absence of critical collaboration among ENR authorities on highly-
stressed ecosystems within the lake basin
Limited financing of conservation and regulatory programs/projects
Need for lake-sensitive economic opportunities to expand livelihood

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The WHAT? SO WHAT? IF NOT, THEN WHAT? Matrix summarizes these key issues
which are discussed in greater detail in Chapter 3.

9.Recommended Medium-Term Development Directions. Based on the

complexity of issues across the management continuum in Laguna de Bay Basin
and sectoral concerns throughout these ecosystems, there is a need to focus
interventions on these key issues in the medium term.

The recommended medium-term development directions are the following:

a) Intensify waste and pollution control towards through adaptive waste

management systems primarily for domestic and agricultural sources;
b) Rationalize water use zoning to harmonize all uses within the lake
including navigation and water-related waste management infrastructure;
c) Promote security of lakeshore communities from flooding, health risks and
d) economic displacement through effective flood control programs and
appropriate resettlement plans;
e) Rationalize watershed- and shoreland-specific management policies based on
validated threshold and vulnerability to sustain their ecological functions focused
on incentive-based regulations and adaptive co-management systems;
f) Rationalize service and infrastructure-based network support for
environmental management and sustainable economic uses of lake basin
g) Rationalize ecotourism potential as development driver and promote lake-
sensitive eco-tourism developments; and
h) Adopt of innovative financing schemes beyond regulatory fee collection
i) Market-based instruments and PPP schemes.

10. Recommended Long-Term Development Directions. In the long-term,

there is a need to expand development directions in order to:

a) Improve ecosystem-based performance monitoring and data management;

b) Intensify community-based and incentive-focused waste management systems
for lakeshore settlements;
c)Upgrade quality control for lake water suited as source of freshwater of the region and
d) parts of Metro Manila;

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e) Promote adaptive co-management systems on critical areas in the

shoreland consistent with rationalized water use zoning;
f) Create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods through PPP schemes suited for
lakeshore and upland communities;
g) Intensify development and use regulations for highly extractive economic
activities with primary focus on restoration costs;
h) Pursue measures that will create buy-in culture for critical environmental protection
i) and regulation policies;
j) Adopt measures that will create buy-in culture for critical environmental protection
and regulation policies;
k) Comprehensive and continuing retooling of LLDA personnel; and
l) Promote PPP as a means of financing major investment programs and projects.

10. Future Trends and Scenarios. Over 14.6 million people are the users of the
invaluable resources in the region, about 3.35 million of them live in lakeshore
communities. In addition to uses that serve such common good purposes as irrigation,
drinking water, fisheries, recreational, and navigation, the Lake serves another but most
controversial purpose, a recipient of waste. The industries, businesses, and
households in the region continue to use the Lake and its tributaries as bodies of water
for open extraction and for waste disposal, almost indiscriminately. The trend of
population migration, industrialization, and urbanization certainly is not toward moving
away from the Lake and its watershed. Rather, it is anticipated that the region with face
more relocation within the watershed system in the form of land reclamation and
increased development activities (including agricultural) in the uplands of the Lake
watershed. The proximity of the Lake and its watershed to Metro Manila and the
growing industrial development in Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, and Quezon have and
will exacerbate the pressure on this delicate ecosystem.

The Laguna de Bay Basin will continue to play a significant role in the countrys economic
development, considering its strategic location, resource endowments particularly the lake
providing an enormous resource base. The following are the future trends/ scenarios and
the remaining development challenges that need to be confronted in the lake basin.
Therefore, they should be considered in the plan updating.
Land cover changes/loss of forest cover
Continuing rapid urbanization and industrialization
Informal Settlements Along River Banks and Lake Riparian Environment
Development of major infrastructure projects with significant impacts to the lake basin
While these proposed projects are yet subject to feasibility studies and detailed
engineering design during the plan period, it is important to take the perspective of the
lake basin ecological implications therein and to actively engage the stakeholders,
including LLDA and its partners, in an open and transparent consultation process. It is
anticipated that the these projects will impact on the more sensitive areas of the basin,
e.g., the buffer zone, the lake water resources itself, and to the fishery and agriculture
sector, water supply and sanitation sector, among others. These projects will intensify
the role of LLDA to rehabilitate, protect and conserve the basin resources. Therefore,
this basin master plan and its policies and strategies should guide the proponents of

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such infrastructure projects and should drive their design elements, rather than these
projects dictating the nature and scope of the basin plan.

11. Overall Development Framework: The 2016-2026 Laguna de Bay Master Plan
Development Framework. Building on RBM but amplifying it using other
ecosystem-based frameworks such as watershed management, integrated water
resources management (IWRM), ILBM has converged these approaches in an
integrated fashion. The modified ILBM for Laguna de Bay Basin highlights the
principles of implementability or attainability; sustainability; quality of life;
comprehensiveness and interconnectedness; and evidence-based/technology-
adaptive (Laguna de Bay Basin Spatial Development Master Plan, 2011).

The updated basin plan sets the key development directions from 2016-2026 whose
goal focuses on the integration of human and natural environment, so that the lake
basin can perform its four-fold functions (provisioning, regulating, supporting and
nurturing) leading towards sustainable development and management of the basin.

Vision 2026 for Laguna de Bay Basin

Isang masagana at buhay na lawa, na may likas-kayang pag-

unlad para sa higit na kapakina-bangan ng lahat ng hanay ng
lipunan sa rehiyon ng Lawa ng Laguna

An abundant, living, and sustainably-developed lake that

optimally benefits all sectors of society in the Laguna Lake Basin

In the workshop that ensued in May 2015, the LLDA Management Team headed by
Secretary J.R. Nereus O. Acosta formulated the formal Board-approved vision and
mission statements to a resonant, concise, easily recalled translation (including a
vernacular) which can relate to all sectors/stakeholders, and authentically meaningful
and truly reflective of their aspirations, as follows (Sec. Acosta, August 3, 2015):

This vision is notable as it implies sustainability (likas-kayang pag-unlad) based on best

use of lake resources for optimum benefit (higit na kapakinabangan) of all
users/stakeholders across the region or basin (implying multi-stakeholder, multi-use
and multi-functionality). It places a focus on sustainable development denoting a
balance between economic development and environmental management (masagana
at buhay na lawa).

The simplified vision and mission statements, affirmed by stakeholders on September

11, 2015 during the consultation workshop, as part of the planning process, has been
translated into the planning goals and objectives of the updated planIn May 2015, the
LLDA Management together with its internal stakeholders (officials and staff) revisited
the formal framing of the LLDA vision and mission that was approved by LLDA Board
in 2011, which states By 2020, the Laguna de Bay Basin has been transformed as the
focal center for sustainable development through sound ecological governance.

LLDA Institutional Vision: Quality Management System for LLDA

The LLDA has engaged the services of the Development Academy of the Philippines
to put in place a duly accredited Quality Management System
1067). This initiative has a long-standing intention, being a component of the
institutional re-engineering of the LLDA.
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Under this initiative, the LLDA came up with its Institutional Vision/ Quality Policy,
stating that:

As the only lake basin Authority in the country and a

member of the International Living Lakes Network,

we commit to:

Lead the sustainable development in the Laguna de Bay

Region through effective and strict enforcement of
water resources management laws;

Lead and continually improve our service delivery

systems based on a certified quality management
system for the satisfaction and trust of our

Develop and implement empirically-driven and science-

based processes and decisions;

Adhere to legal requirements and other policies that

serve to maintain the highest standards of the civil

Ibalik ang Diwa ng Lawa

To achieve its vision/mission and exhibiting its core values (love of the environment,
leadership/professionalism, disciplined and science-driven, adaptability and
innovativeness. Attaining this will adopt a process flow model (shown below) that is
depicted in a spherical form to represent dynamism, linkages and interactions among
the different units, and the continuity of operations

Process Flow model

This process flow will have significant contribution to make an effective and dynamic
lake management institution in terms of integrated approaches, stakeholder
engagement, partnership building, planning and implementation.

LLDA Mission

Based on its legal mandate and functions as enunciated in its Charter (R.A. 4850 as
amended by P.D. 813 and E.O. 927), and cognizant of the current and future conditions
and trends, the LLDA mission is:

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To catalyze a climate change-sensitive Integrated Water Resource

Management in the Laguna de Bay Region, with clear focus on
preserving ecological integrity and promoting sustainable economic

This mission is noteworthy for the following reasons: (i) it aims to strike a balance
between environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation on one hand, and
economic development and resource utilization on the other hand; (ii) it puts into action
the principles of integrated water resources management that spouse multi-
functionality of resources requiring multi-disciplinary approaches, stakeholder
engagement in conflict resolution and decision making, and sustainable development;
and (iii) it seeks to optimize the use of natural resources to generate the greatest good
for the greatest number, and attain sustainable development; and finally, (iv) it brings
the LLDA into focus as a catalyst in translating the vision into actions in ways that are
climate sensitive.

12. Management Areas. Translating the lake basin vision into planning goals, and in
consonance with the LLDAs institutional vision, management of ecological system serves as
the integrating element as ecosystems are both sources of environmental goods and services
as well as loci of natural relationships in the lake basin (SDMP, 2011). Called management
areas by law, they are the key result areas to assess efficacy and efficiency of management
interventions. These are:

Watershed Management Area

Lake and River Systems Management Area
Shoreland Management Area

Translated into schematics, the vision for the Laguna de Bay Basin is stated as follows:

Vision for the Laguna de Bay Basin

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13.Laguna de Bay Basin Strategic Planning Areas. The vision and objectives of the Laguna
de Bay Basin Master Plan are cross-cutting outcomes. Implementation of these outcomes will
require actions across different areas.

Four planning systems in the Laguna de Bay Basin

The scope of the strategic policy areas/ planning systems is described below.
Basin Planning Area/System Focus
Protection and conservation Hydro-ecological system of the water resources and natural
system assets, including protection of the aquatic ecosystem health,
water quality fitted for abstraction of lake and river water for
different uses, and areas declared protected by existing laws and
needing proactive conservation measures.
Lake and river water use and Water use systems, water infrastructure, particularly around
development system abstraction, storage or regulation of basin water resources for
economic or social development.
Disaster risk reduction Impacts associated with flooding, pollution incidents, and other
management system extreme events
Institutional management Strengthening basin management and institutional
system arrangements, sustainable financing, improvement of laws and
regulations, monitoring/surveillance and enforcement.

However, this plan recognizes that there are many overlaps and linkages between systems.
For example, institutional management and the relevant aspects of disaster management are
present in all strategic areas. These strategic areas bridge the broad vision to more concrete
measures, objectives and actions which will ultimately contribute towards achieving the vision.

14. Overall Basin Management Strategies

The plan acknowledges that the lake and its drainage basin, including its inflowing and
outflowing tributaries, are parts of an inseparable ecosystem. Lake degradation largely
originates from its drainage basin, mostly the result of human activities within the basin.
Lake management, therefore, should best focus on the scale of the drainage basin,
effectively integrating hydrological and ecological processes, as well as socioeconomic
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From the core issues, the following overall goals were formulated with stakeholders

1. Restore the Laguna de Bay Basin (i.e., watershed, shoreland, and lake);
2. Rationalize water uses; and
3. Harness the lake basin as a high-value resource for broad-based development.

The general approach to attain these goals is through co-management among stakeholders
of the Laguna de Bay Basin, through collaborative measures and partnerships, including
public-private initiatives for both hard (infrastructure) and soft interventions.

15. Strategic Policy Areas. The following are the strategic policy planning areas:

a) Protection/Conservation
b) Rehabilitation
c) Lake-sensitive development

It is significant to note that the Laguna de Bay Basin has been considered one of the most
vulnerable in the country due to climate variability and water-related disasters (PDNA, 2009).
This has profound impact to the nature of the basin plan and its focus policy areas. This has
made the entire basin as a climate-vulnerable area requiring more expansive and more intense
rehabilitation work. Therefore, policy area for rehabilitation and protection is more vast,
Therefore, the role of LLDA will be more rehabilitative and protective while its development
efforts would primarily have lake-sensitive orientation and geared towards supporting
rehabilitation and protection/ conservation.

Map of the Proposed Laguna de Bay Basin Strategic Planning Areas

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The following presents the scope of the policy areas:

The Scope of Strategic Environmental Policy Areas in Laguna de Bay Basin

The management strategies focus on protection and conservation, rehabilitation, and

development in relation with the core issues in the Laguna de Bay Basin are shown in
the following table.

The Core Issues and the Management Strategies in the Laguna de Bay Basin
Core Issues Protection/ Rehabilitation Development
Deterioration of water quality

Conflicting uses of water

Denudation of the watershed

Flooding in low-lying areas

Vulnerable lakeshore
Limited access to economic

These management strategies are not mutually exclusive. Core issues can have two or
three spatial management strategies. The strategies can be implemented in phases.
Core issues for rehabilitation can be addressed in 3-5 years. However, they can be placed
for protection/conservation after the management areas have been rehabilitated.

The specific strategy for conservation seeks to preserve critical areas for their vital
functions, as follows: 1) critical watersheds; 2) critical river systems; 3) critical water zones

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on the lake; and 4) critical shoreland areas. These are called Protection/Conservation

The specific strategy for rehabilitation focuses on restoring and on mitigating damage
to degraded sections of ecosystems. These areas are labeled as Areas Needing Special
Protection: 1) denuded forestland; 2) encroached shoreland; 3) areas with high rate of
erosion; 4) areas with large volume of solid and liquid waste; 5) lakeshore areas subject to
flooding; and 5) lake areas with shallow depth due to sedimentation/siltation.

The developmental strategy is geared towards stimulating economic growth in territories

in need of it. The Areas for Sustainable Economic Support are mostly located in the
eastern side of the lake basin. Progress in these sections can contribute to balanced
population distribution in the bigger region by attracting residents from congested urban
communities. The stimulus for growth can be found in sustainable tourism (quinary
sector), agriculture and fisheries (primary sector), and in connection with the Los Baos
science and technology complex as well as the Calamba regional manufacturing zone,
even information-based industries or BPO services of the quaternary sector.

Among the management strategies for these areas include the following:


1) Intensify protection of remaining lake basin resources to prevent degradation.


1) Improve lake water quality through an integrated network of environmental

measures including engineered wetland systems;
2) Abate denudation in critical watersheds;
3) Mitigate impacts of flooding and climate-induced hazards through
sustainable infrastructure and non-infrastructure interventions; and
4) Reduce vulnerability of the lakeshore communities and model sustainable settlements

Lake-Sensitive Development:

1) Rationalize lake water uses;

2) Set higher environmental standards for development activities to promote ecologically-
sensitive land resource uses;
3) Demonstrate lake-sensitive economic ventures through innovative investments; and
4) Harness LDB water and land resources as sustainable economic assets through co-
management and citizen-based strategies.
16. Alignment Within Relevant Sectors/Within Development Planning

Horizontal and Vertical Alignment. Because of the increasing pressure on the lakes
resources, its water has taken increasing importance across different development priorities.
In fact, its water resources has been considered as a catalyst of social and economic
development not only of the basin itself but of the country as well, and at the same time a
building block of environmental sustainability. The Laguna de Bay Basin Planning expects to
contribute to broader social, economic and environmental goals at the national, regional
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(CALABARZON) and river basin levels. The lake basin plan sets out the key management
objectives at lake basin scale, and acts as a point of integration for those national and regional
plans. The basin plan shall sit within the hierarchy of planning from national to local levels
(Figure _). Therefore, horizontal alignment of the plan with development planning dealing with
different development issues within the updated LdBR master plan is crucial. The current plan
gives way to this alignment.

Further, the planning process for the updating of the Laguna de Bay basin master plan ensures
vertical alignment of the plan within relevant sectors, e.g., environment and water sectors,
across different scales (national, regional/basin, and local. Such alignment contributes to
making the plan coherent and contributing to broader economic and environmental goals and
objectives. The updated master plan vision, objectives and actions are consistent with and
give effect to the national policies, strategic directions (MTPDP 2011-2016 of the Aquino
Administration, the National Water Strategy, etc.). Insofar as plans at regional, provincial and
local levels, the LdBR Master Plan includes those which implement key aspects of the basin

On the plans/programs/projects of other agencies, the LLDA updated master includes the
different master plans of government agencies for the region such as those of NEDA IV-A
(CALABARZON Regional Development Plan), DPWH (NSSWMP and Flood Control Master
Plan for Metro Manila), MMDA (Metro Manila Development Master Plan) as well as the
Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUPs) and Development Plans of the Local Government
Units. Strong representation by LLDA should be given to make sure its master plan
programs/projects are considered in their master plans.

How horizontal and vertical alignment is achieved within the lake basin plan is shown below:

Nesting Within Basin Plan

The lake basin plan sets its objectives and actions that will be implemented through more
detailed strategic plans developed on a sub-basin scale or thematic plans. As presented in
Chapter 1, it is the strategic intent to make the updated master plan to be an umbrella basin

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plan to be translated at a later point in time during the plan period, into more detailed sub-basin
or thematic plans. The strategies and actions translated into programs and projects in Chapter
7 are those which address/have basin-scale needs/ impacts and categorized as urgent.

Nesting National, Regional and Local Plans/Policies/Strategies

Within the Laguna de Bay Basin Plan

Indicative Thematic/ Sub-Basin Plans. The thematic plans may include plans related to
rehabilitation, protection/conservation, and lake-sensitive development, disaster risk
management and institutional development aspects of the basin plan. Certain aspects of these
thematic plans have been brought into the strategies within the basin plan, but will need to be
translated into more specific and detailed plans.

Similarly, sub-basin plans should provide strategic objectives and actions for river basin
management, dealing with issues that require attention at a river basin scale, including
environmental targets and/or river water quality objectives, and infrastructure development to
address climate change impacts in the basin. Sub-basin plans may include institutionalization
of sub-WQMA in each of the 24 sub-basins and the concomitant river basin management
plans, among others.

16.General Land and Water Use Plan. Shown in Figure _ is the general land use plan
of the Laguna de Bay Basin, derived mainly on the basis of land suitability analysis. The
land suitability of the lake basin was analyzed based on slope, soil and elevation. Thus, it
can be seen that
One-third (70,065 hectares) of the land area of the basin is suitable for urban use and
these can be seen mainly in the northwestern and southeastern sections of the basin.
A fairly large strip can be seen in the southeastern part of the basin. This urbanizable
area with the slopes of less than 18 percent and elevations below 500 meters above
mean sea level can be used as expansion area for light industrial, commercial,
residential, and institutional land use activities.
Close to a third (66,109 hectares) of the study area is suitable for agriculture and this
can be seen mostly in the eastern half of the basin in the towns of Laguna province

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Production forest (69,071 hectares) with slopes of 18% to 50% and elevations ranging
from 500 meters to 1000 meters above mean sea level is distributed mostly in the
eastern half and southwestern section of the basin.

The map further shows the protected shoreland area surrounding the lake. This is the part
of the land adjacent to the lake which is alternately covered and left dry by the rising and
ebbing of the lakes water level as caused either by the amount of rainfall or by the tidal
cycle. The shoreland area also includes the salvage buffer zone of 3 meters measured
from the high-water mark of the lake. The whole surrounding strip of foreshore land is an
ecologically-fragile area that ideally should be left vacant or free of human activities.
There is a need to relieve the shoreland area of its current load of industrial, residential,
and agricultural activities that contribute to the deterioration of the lakes ecosystem.

Also indicated on the map are the lands reserved by the national government for certain
uses. There is the Marikina Watershed Reservation in the north designed for flood
protection, water use and forest conservation. A military reservation can be seen in
Tanay, Rizal. The forest reserves designed to protect important sub-watersheds are
located in the Los Baos Mount Makiling area, Mount Banahaw area, Lake Caliraya area,
and in the Kalayaan, Lumban, and Cavinti areas of Laguna province. Small unclassified
public forest and communal forest areas can be found north of the lake.

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Water Use Plan

The recommended locations of some of its components are shown on the map. The area
occupied by the proposed fishpens observe the recommended limit of 10 percent of the total
lake area the limit that represents the carrying capacity of the lake for fish production and
consistent with the set limit under the Philippine Fisheries Code (R.A. 8550). Further, this
proposed lake water use plan will need detailed study and modification as the modification of
the zomap to conform with the prescribed carrying capacity under ra 8550, and the alignment of
the proposed Laguna Lake Expressway Project would have been determined. The large
fishpens can be seen in the left and middle finger of the lake while the small ones can be
seen on the fringe areas of the lake near the shoreland. The waters outside the fishpens are
to be used for open fishing. There is a fish sanctuary in the middle of the lake where native
fish species can be raised and protected and where fingerlings can be raised for restocking
the lakes fish population.

17. Priority Programs and Projects. The strategies and actions translated into programs and
projects in Chapter 5 are those which address/have basin-scale needs/ impacts and categorized
as urgent. The LLDA Technical Working Group revisited the SDMP project prioritization scheme.
This was however finetuned on the basis of the results of the September 11, 2015 Stakeholders
Consultation Workshop as well as new/recent information and project ideas in response to
emerging issues and concerns.
Table 7 shows the project title, problems to be addressed and rationale; indicative location and
costs and possible funding source. The total cost of the urgent prioritized projects amounts to
around Php 86 .0891 Billion, excluding the cost of big ticket infrastructure projects. The
government will fund Php 2 9 . 83 7 1 Million while funding with public- private partnerships
(PPPs) schemes totaled Php 56.2520 Billion.

Project Briefs of Each of the Programs/Projects

The succeeding tables present the Project Brief of each of the prioritized project for
implementation. The project brief is usually a one-page information containing the title of the
program/project, lead proponent and participating agencies, rationale of the project, activity
components, possible financing, indicative location and cost of the project, intended
beneficiaries, success indicators, and suggested year of implementation. These brief profiles
will the starting point for feasibility study and project proposal preparations.

Guidelines for Integrated Watershed Management Program/Projects, Flood Control and

Related Projects
LLDA, DPWH and other implementing partners shall be guided by the following when dealing
with dredging as an option for lake rehabilitation, sediment control and flood mitigation (LLDA,

There should be no massive dredging in the lake that would significantly impact upon and/or
alter the lake ecology and biodiversity. The need for lake environmental dredging must be
further evaluated as available information lack sufficient details. However, site-specific

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and limited lake dredging may be considered, subject to strict requirements, only under
the following circumstances: (i) when handling large volumes of contaminants from the
lake if it is found out that they are a threat to the environment; (ii) development of large
and small scale infrastructure developments involving reclamation;

Dredging of river tributaries along downstream section and river mouths should be a
priority (such dredging must be preceded by the removal of garbage waste); Garbage
waste, which covers the river embankments and the riverbed, must be removed and
stored separately before starting the dredging operations as described above.

Dredging of upstream sections of rivers may be allowed for improving water management
(It is expected that the upstream sections of the tributaries will not be contaminated
because these are flushed during the rainy season).

When dealing with contaminated sediments, information must be required on the type and
degree of contamination, as well as the volume to be dredged, to be able to determine the
appropriate method for treating the dredged spoils.

Local storage areas for dredged spoils from tributary dredging should be required, such
areas should be selected in order to assess the feasibility and economy of dredging

The need for lake environmental dredging must be further evaluated as available
information lack sufficient details. If environmental dredging is required, it is very important
to assess the nature and thickness of the soil as well as the thickness of the contaminated
soil/sediment layer in order to be able to select the optimum dredging method and to
determine the required storage volume.

LLDA shall ensure that proper and timely maintenance of rivers and drainage and that
maintenance dredging will be undertaken at river mouths, clogged waterways, channels and
outlets, and constricted water flows. Dredging will address the reduced carrying capacity of both
higher-and lower-order drains and rivers due to lack of maintenance, Including dredging of silts
and cleaning of solid waste, and encroachment of banks of the rivers, drains, and floodways.
Further, LLDA and implementing partners shall ensure proper treatment and disposal of dredged
materials to prevent contamination due to toxic and hazardous pollutants.
18. Implementation Plan

As stated earlier, the updated Laguna de Bay Basin Master Plan is envisioned to change the way
that the basin is managed. Implementing the basin plan will require transforming it into detailed
implementation plan. Implementing the updated master plan will benefit from the following: (i)
the legal statute (R.A. 4850 as amended) providing the policy and legal context for ILBM; (ii)
existence of the LLDA clothed with a clear mandate to manage the lake basin across
administrative provincial, city and municipal boundaries, thus providing an institutional home and
an effective implementation monitoring system.; and (iii) critical basin concerns that calls for

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meaningful interventions to address priority basin issues. All these also provide built-in advantage
to situations requiring cooperative arrangements to effectively implement the basin plan.
Implementation Strategies

Iterative Process
For some of the development goals/objectives, translating the plan into detailed
implementation plans will require close integration with major basin actions and thematic
plans such as infrastructure development plan and water supply development plan. For
other objectives, there may be a need for specific plans to be developed such as
wastewater treatment plans. This will require an iterative process over time that will assess
relationship between development and environmental priorities, identifying key issues and
deciding on trade-offs using scenarios. This process will also be a mechanism for
engaging a range of decision-makers and stakeholders.

This iterative process of assessing scenarios and revising plans builds flexibility into the
basin plan implementation. With developed and tested tools and using scientific
information generated by LLDA and other agencies, scenario assessment can provide the
basin plan greater chance of remaining coherent and actionable in the face of a dynamic
lake basin system like Laguna de Bay.

Go for immediate Wins for current prioritized issues and adoption of a phased
approach to achievement of long-term goals

Some basin issues are of higher priority than others. Further, it is not possible to address all
the issues at the same time throughout the basin. Attempts to do so can lead to the most
important issues not being addressed. Similarly, management measures/interventions may
be prioritized according to technical, financial and institutional feasibilities. It may be important
to consider those issues that have a high political profile, and those that can create momentum
through immediate wins, or so called low-hanging fruits.

Development of Relevant and Consistent Thematic and Sub-Basin Plans Linked

to the Basin Plan

Once approved and implemented, in consonance with the nesting approach discussed in
Chapter 5 (Overall Development Framework), the updated basin master plan will provide an
overarching strategic framework to sub-basin/ thematic plans to ensure consistent objectives,
alignment of policy and institutional cooperation around the interrelationship and
interdependencies between/among the thematic and sub-basin plans. These plans translate
the strategic intent of the umbrella Laguna de Bay basin plan into implementable activities
and interventions. The thematic plans can include plans related to protection, conservation
and rehabilitation, disaster risk and institutional aspects of the basin plan. On the other hand,
the sub-basin plans will deal with the institutional arrangements for management of the 24
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Implementation Arrangements
The basin planning process and plan implementation have a remarkably good chance of success
because of a supportive legal and institutional context, i.e., the LLDA Charter that serves as the
plans institutional home. Thus, it is important to recognize the importance of a clear and
coherent legal and institutional arrangements and capacity within which the basin plan is
developed and implemented. The institutional arrangements and capacity are described as a
partnership arrangement which defines the roles and responsibilities of LLDA and its
implementing partners in the plan implementation. This collaboration will be institutionalized
through an Institutional Memorandum of Agreement (I-MOA) to be executed by the parties
concerned. Aside from formalizing their participation in plan implementation, the I-MOA will be a
legally binding document which shall transform the roles/responsibilities of implementing
agencies to accountabilities and obligations, including resource commitments to ensure the
successful implementation of the basin plan.

Implementation Timetable

The time period covered by the updated master plan follows an adaptive approach,
recognizing that the plan may require modifications over time due to the following:

Complexity of the lake basin management issues; it takes time to generate

updated and complete information;
Future uncertainties, especially in relation to prediction of climate change and
disaster risks during the planning process

An adaptive management philosophy with the stages of planning results in a series of

review and feedback loops (G. Pegram, Y. Li, Le, QUesne, R. Speed, J. Li, and F. Shen.
2013. River Basin Planning Principles, procedures and approaches for strategic basin
planning. Paris, UNESCO) is adopted with flexibility provided in the way in which
objectives and actions are defined and achieved. The process of basin planning, iteration
and adaptation follows these timeframes:

Basin vision and objectives : 20-year re-planning

Basin strategies and situation assessment : 5-7 year review
Implementation : Annual refinement
Monitoring and review : Annual

The updated Master Plan for the Laguna de Bay Basin has a 10-year timescale (2016-2026)
considering the new vision/ mission of the LLDA for the region, and 6-year planning cycle for
strategies based on the results of periodic monitoring and review of plan implementation and
assessment of conditions.

Furthermore, the Plan encompasses a longer-term vision, envisaging the state of Laguna de Bay
basin 20-30 years from now. This necessitate flexible operation and, if necessary, revisions in
response to environmental, climate-related, socio-economic and other changes. This plan has
been set as the first stage (2016-2026). The objective of the first stage is to promote
environmental conservation through steady yet flexible implementation of ongoing initiatives,

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based on constant review of effectiveness, coordination among various interventions, introduction

of new initiatives and projects, and continuous surveying and monitoring. The 2 nd stage (beyond
2026) is to further promote conservation initiatives in response to new findings in the 1 st stage ,
with particular focus on preventive and rehabilitative measures.
Urgent /Prioritized Program/Project Indicative Implementation Schedule
The plan includes an indicative timeframe between 2016 to 2026 for the urgent programs/projects
under the Plan. It is important to stress that the time indicated hereunder may change based on
the monitoring and assessment of plan implementation as well as new information/ findings that
may emerge from on-going and new initiatives of the master plan.

Investment and Financing Plan

A total of Php86.0891 billion will be required to smoothly implement the 10-year Master
Plan, specifically its component urgent and priority programs/ projects (Chapter 7).
Fund Outsourcing
The LLDA is authorized under its Charter as amended to access funds from the following external
National Government subsidies and financial assistance to carry out its social overhead
projects, upon recommendation of the NEDA Board;
Bilateral and multilateral sources through their technical assistance grants or loan
Contracted loans through floating of bonds and other debt instruments;
Sale of stocks and invest in secured debt instruments
Public-private partnership
Build-Operate-Transfer contracts with private entities pursuant to thee BOT Law (RA 6957
as amended by RA 7718

The LLDA can also make recommendations to the proper government agencies on the peso or
dollar financing requirements of its mandated functions, technical support, the level of priority to
be given to certain projects, and accordingly solicit assistance from the national Government or
any of its instrumentalities.
The Charter of the LLDA further allows it to receive sovereign guarantee for the payment for
principal and interest of the loans, bonds, debentures and other obligations of the Authority.
While the LLDA Charter provides for broad opportunities to expand its financial base, these are
limited and hampered by the long, tedious and multi-layered approval process of the National
Government through the Investment Coordination Council and NEDA Board, thus affecting the
proper timing and provision of financing for long-term sustainability of the lake and watershed
Financing Schemes/Strategies
Corporate Funding. Most of the soft interventions under the Master Plan, such as
regulatory tools and market-based instruments, community-based environmental and
natural resource management measures and IEC programs, will be funded through
corporate funds.

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Funded by Government (General Appropriation Act). As a GOCC, the LLDA has

no allocation from the National Government through the GAA. The much-needed
water-related and environment infrastructure to address the environmental issues,
including declining water quality, will be funded by the National Government through
the DBM. The flood control and drainage measures for municipalities and cities along
river tributaries will continue to be explored.

Through Official Development Assistance (ODA). Its past and present

development and environmental initiatives funded through ODA, e.g., LISCOP
Project, unduly suffered due to lack of National Government guarantee as LLDA has
no allocation in the GAA. The LLDA has to beg line agencies, such as the DENR,
DOF and DBM for the needed budget cover for its ODA-funded projects. The LLDA
has to negotiate with DENR and other line agencies on budgetary allocation as it is
tantamount to competing internally with their own foreign-assisted projects for a share
in their budget ceilings.

Under the ODA set up, the LBDC would establish an Infrastructure Development Fund
(IDF). In this mechanism, financing assistance from donor agencies such as the World
Bank and Asian Development Bank would be secured, and the funds channelled to project
preparation and/or co-financing for their implementation. The LLDA Charter does not
allow it to manage the IDF directly as this is legally untenable within the existing regulatory
framework of the LLDA. As a regulatory body, LLDA could not act as a funding
intermediary that re-lends funds to borrower who are at the same time its regulated clients
(LLDA-Tetra Tech EMI. Final Report No. 2 Trunk Infrastructure Priorities and
Implementation Strategy Through Private Sector Participation: Review of Past Studies and
LLDA Institutional Re-engineering. April 2008).
Through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). In the Philippines, the PPP modality has
opened the possibility of long-term finance from domestic and international sources due
to improved and continued reforms in corporate governance and the stock and bond
markets. Further, the most successful models for the geographically focused agencies,
such as lake/river basin authorities, in other countries, e.g., Tennessee Valley Authority
in the United States, rely on commercially based project development concepts. These
experiences combined with increasing favorable capital market environment and the
support of multilateral agencies put LLDA in a unique position to carry out the necessary
re-engineering process toward meeting its original mandate, that is, development
(environmental) and sustainable management of the water resources in the Lake and its

The new institutional re-engineering model of LLDA segregates overtime the regulatory
functions from the development mandates. As part of the re-engineering effort, LLDA may
pursue infrastructure development projects through the PPP approach through either the
following tracks:

Track 1: Establish an initially wholly owned subsidiary, Laguna de Bay Development

Corporation (LBDC), as a vehicle to carry on infrastructure project development and
market these projects to the private sector or other investors.

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Track 2: Proceed directly to joint-venture arrangement with interested and capable private
sector investor under the PPP modality.

In both tracks, based on the institutional re-engineering program, the LLDA may create the
Project Development Facility (PDF) within its organization. In the new rationalized
organizational set up as approved by the Department of Budget and Management, the Project
Development and Management and Evaluation Division (PDMED) has been established
which may take the role of the envisioned PDF. The PDMED/PDF may also include additional
part-time support assigned to the PDF either from within the LLDA or outside consultants.
Depending on the skills set of the PDMED/PDF members as finally constituted, it would be
wise to retain one outside financial advisor to support the process (LLDA-Tetra Tech EMI,
Final Report No. 4 Detailed Plan for Developing Larger Trunk Infrastructure Development
Project by LLDAs PDF Using Private Sector Participation. April 2008).
Efficient Use of User Fee Collections Through the ETF

The LLDA intends to make efficient use of effluent charges (EUFS) and resource user fees by
establishment of various trust funds. Trust funds are widely used worldwide as a financing
mechanism to fund water resources management and environmental protection. It is easy to tract
and could earn interest. Given the legal basis in its existing Charter, LLDA could target specific
initiatives to be funded out of the trust funds, as follows:
Lake Rehabilitation Trust Fund
For projects that directly clean the lake water system
Counterpart money for establishment of sewerage systems in the municipalities
Recycling Initiatives Trust Fund
For projects that focus on recycling and solid waste management
Municipal Waste Water Treatment/STP Counterpart Trust Fund
Counterpart financing for construction, repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of
new and existing waste water treatment facilities, sewage treatment systems,
septage treatment systems, etc.

Funding Sources of the Trust Fund

The Fund shall be generally sourced from the environmental charges, clearances and permits
that are collected through the operational activities of the LLDA. This provides a revenue base to
finance priority environmental projects in the Laguna de Bay Region. In essence, the Trust Fund
is a revolving fund that is replenished by LLDA through set-aside percentage of its annual
operating revenues or such other sources as may be determined by the LLDA. The Fund is
disbursed annually to LGUs or other LLDA partners. The Trust Fund is not an investment fund
for large scale environmental infrastructure development. A separate facility, the Laguna de Bay
Infrastructure Development Fund discussed above will serve that purpose.
Trust Fund Arrangement
The parties to the Trust Fund are: (i) Grantors to the Fund regulated businesses and facilities
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environmental fees, fines and penalties, sources of international or domestic grants to enhance
the environmental management program in the Region; (ii) Trustee a bank or other financial
entity qualified to hold and invest such funds; and (iii) Beneficiary recipients of the fund, LGUs
or other partners.
Development of Raw Water EUFS
It is also an important direction for LLDA to develop its Raw Water EUFS. A water market pricing
approach would be difficult to implement because of the analytical problems that such a concept
would create. The adoption of a user fee system rather than a pricing based on scarcity
argument will provide LLDA with the flexibility, thus the need for LLDA to review the premise of
its current water pricing scheme. It is the intention of the Authority to earmark the fees collected
for their intended use, i.e., for the protection of the water source. This practice not only ensures
that the system achieves it actual objective, it facilitates public acceptance of the fee.