Local government officials from 29 municipalities of the Lanao Lake Upper River Basin recently pledged their commitment to be effective partners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in its ongoing Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP). Earlier in October 2016, DENR and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to implement INREMP in Lake Lanao.
INREMP is a seven-year project with loan from the Asian Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Climate Change Fund, and the Global Environment Fund. It aims to prevent further watershed degradation caused by forest denudation and unsustainable farming practices in four priority river basins in the country.
The Lake Lanao Upper River Basin is one of four priority river basins whose degradation problems are being addressed by INREMP. The other three are the Chico River Basin in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Northern Luzon; the Wahig–Inabanga River Basin in the island province of Bohol; and the Upper Bukidnon River Basin in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao.
During the orientation program held in Cagayan de Oro City on November 16-17, 2016, 135 local government unit (LGU) mayors, vice-mayors, municipal planning officers and engineers were briefed by DENR officials about the project. Presentations about the status of the Lake Lanao watershed, its coverage area and municipalities involved, current problems and issues faced by communities around the lake, led to various discussions on possible collaborative mechanisms and ways to effectively implement INREMP.
As a sign of their positive acceptance of the project, the LGU officials signed a commitment of support to it. Finally, they passed a resolution requesting to waive the required 20% equity counterpart of the concerned LGUs that are beneficiaries of INREMP. They further suggested that this resolution be forwarded to the proper authorities for action. #