Last Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fish kill incidents in Pangasinan and Batangas provinces had caused at least P115.536 million.
The NDRRMC’s Thursday update had indicated the figure includes P74.826 million in four villages in Batangas province.
As of June 4, 2011, the losses to fish pen operators from the fish kill that hit the Batangas area has zoomed to P136 million, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.
Yesterday the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council announced another town along Taal Lake in Batangas was hit by the fish kill that started last week and has caused more than P100-million worth of damage to the fisheries industry in the province.
Over 10 fish cages containing milkfish and tilapia in Mataas na Kahoy town were affected by the fish kill on Sunday morning, a GMA News TV Live report quoted Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste as saying.
The incident followed similar fishkills in the towns of Talisay, Laurel, Alitagtag, Santa Teresita, Agoncillo, San Nicolas and Cuenca.
At least P136 million in fisheries produce has been lost in the seven towns, which have been placed under a state of calamity.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has yet to issue a report on the financial impact of the fish kill in Mataas na Kahoy to the fisheries output of the province.