Public warned: Don't eat fish from Pasig River

Posted at 07/17/14 5:13 PM

MANILA -- The Makati Health Department (MHD) has warned the public against buying and consuming fish, particularly bangus (milkfish) and tilapia, caught in the Pasig River.

This is to avoid health risks posed by contamination from the river.

The MHD, through City Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Vaño, issued the warning on Thursday after residents from the city and neighboring localities were seen flocking to Pasig River to catch fish apparently coming from fish ponds in Rizal and Laguna that overflowed during Typhoon "Glenda".

Fish and other marine life from the Pasig river may contain a number of toxic chemicals, including methylmercury, which has been found to be harmful to the nervous system.

Methylmercury can also cause mental and physical retardation in children, as well as other diseases like cancer.