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The Muntinlupa City Health Office has released an advisory assuring residents near Laguna de Bay that algal bloom does not pose a threat to public health.

Many Muntinlupa residents living near Laguna de Bay have been complaining about the abundance of algae and the incessant emission of foul odor from the lake.

The smell has reportedly reached areas that are farther away, such as Northgate Business District in Barangay Alabang.

The health office explained that the abundance of algae was a natural phenomenon, especially during warm months.

The advisory said the algae in the lake was identified as Filamentous Fresh Water Algae, or “liya” in common parlance.

This form of algae is slippery and emits a foul odor when it dries up.

The presence of liya in Laguna de Bay is a natural part of the aquatic ecosystem and is not a threat to public health, unlike the impact of blue green algae, the advisory said.

Muntinlupa City public information officer Tez Navarro said the local government created an inter-department task force to spearhead cleaning operations of liya in Laguna de Bay.

The task force includes the city Lake Management Office, Environmental Sanitation Center, Health Office, Environment Protection and Natural Resources Office, Office of the Mayor, and other environmental cluster members.

Residents are encouraged to wear face masks, especially those with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, and to seek medical help in cases of difficulty in breathing, Navarro said.

CHO Liya

For more information, you may contact Muntinlupa City Health Office at 541-4813.

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