The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed the implementation agreement of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur. INREMP covers four priority river basins: (1) the Chico River Basin in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Northern Luzon; (2) the Wahig-Inabanga River Basin on the Island of Bohol; (3) the Lake Lanao River Basin in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao; and (4) the Upper Bukidnon River Basin in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao.
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DENR Region 10 Director Ruth Tawantawan and Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Adiong was held on Tuesday, September 21, 2016 at the Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman Quezon City. Witnessing the event were the Chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, Regional Governor of ARMM Mujiv Hataman and INREMP Project Director Ricardo Calderon. DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, Undersecretary Jonas Leones and Assistant Secretary Rommel Abesamis were also in attendance.
In his opening remarks, Assistant Secretary Rommel Abesamis urged everybody to work together to realize meaningful and significant outcomes not just in terms of environmental returns but also in the improvement of the lives of the local communities in Lanao del Sur and its adjacent areas.
A source of around 70% of Mindanao’s electricity, Lake Lanao is recognized by the locals as a treasure trove of which they are pleased to be the “guardians and protectors.”
DENR Secretary Gina Lopez assured the local government that there would be full support to the project as embodied by the MOA.
The MOA includes implementation of effective management of Lake Lanao River Basin to address its degradation and that of associated environmental services caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices, and poverty prevalent in the area by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits. #