Bangus Swam to Pasig River after Storm
Ringo | On 18, Jul 2014
Thousands of bangus (Milk fish) ended up in Pasig River right after the Typhoon Glenda (International name Rammasun) leaves the Philippines.
Residents from different places in Metro Manila were delighted after thousands of milk fish swam in different part of Pasig River when fish cages in Laguna were damaged and the water over flew during the rage of Typhoon Glenda. The scene caught passersby and had the change to buy the fish for a bargain price.
The Department of Health (DoH) however, warned the public against the fish caught in such waters. They might pose health problems as they may have been exposed to different toxic chemical and harmful organisms.
“Ang problema kasi sa mga tubig-tubig na ito pwedeng magkaroon ng exposure itong mga isda, na pag nakain ng tao maaaring magdulot ng pagsusuka, pagdudumi,” said DoH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy said.
The Makati Health Department (MHD) seconded DoH about this issue noting that fishes in Pasig River contains dangerous chemicals, including what is called the mathylmercury, which can cause mental retardation in children and cancer to adults.
But, it seems like an expert from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) would like to disagree.
In an interview with radio program dzMM, BFAR director Asis Perez assured the public that the milk fish caught in the Pasig River is safe to eat as long as it is alive and fresh.
He said that fish can only be contaminated with toxic chemicals if exposed for a long time. He added that the toxic chemicals found in Pasig River have been washed out by the water coming from the nearby bodies of water like the Laguna Lake.
“Yung pong sinasabing mga substances na dating nasa Pasig River, alam niyo po sa taas po ng itinaas ng tubig diyan ay pareho na po yung tubig sa Laguna Lake saka po ng Pasig River sa ngayon. Kung meron naman pong pollutants bago po mag-bagyo eh sigurado po tayo na-wash out po yan. Nagpalit-tubig po yan,” Perez said.
But Perez noted that consumers should still avoid the stale (bilasa) milk fish sold by residents claiming they caught it in Pasig River.
He said that buyers should look into the eyes of the milk fish, they should be bright and clear. The body, on the other hand, should remain compact and not soft. The gills should also quite rich and not smelly.
Photos by: ABS-CBN News