Provincial, Sub-watersheds Management Councils organized for Lake Lanao River Basin

Planning and implementation of the different phases of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) will soon commence with the recent creation of the Watershed Management Councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.    

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur recently conducted a meeting with  stakeholders for the organization of the watershed management councils for Lake Lanao River Basin.  

The Watershed Management Council is composed of representatives from the provincial and municipal government units, government agencies/institutions, academe, civil society organizations and the private sector. 

INREMP aims to address unsustainable watershed management in the project site.  It focuses on indigenous people and resource-poor communities by reducing watershed degradation, forest denudation, and unsustainable farming practices by generating sufficient and tangible economic benefits. 

Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Bedjoria Soraya A. Adiong called on participants to cooperate for the proper management and implementation of INREMP.

She further said that  failure to protect the lake will have a negative impact on the lives  not only of the  Maranaos but also to  all  Mindanaoans. 

Governor Adiong stressed the economic, recreational, aesthetic, cultural, educational, scientific and ecological benefits of Lake Lanao. 

For her part, DENR 10 Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan sought the help of the Maranaos to successfully implement INREMP. She said the Watershed Management Council has a “very crucial role because it is the governing body in the decision making process and project’s planning and implementation activities.” 

The Provincial and five sub-watershed management councils were installed into office by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto  represented by Lourdile S. Enjambre. 

The Provincial Watershed Management Council is chaired by Governor Adiong and co-chaired by DENR 10 Regional Director Tawantawan with members coming from other government entities/organizations and civil society organizations  and the chairpersons of the five sub-watershed management councils. 

The Lake Lanao River Basin comprises 27 municipalities of Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.  

The meeting was an offshoot of the Memorandum of Agreement signed in September 21, 2016 between DENR 10 and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur for the implementation of INREMP.   It was also attended by Vice Governor  Mamintal Adiong, Jr., municipal mayors and representatives from various sectors of society.

INREMP is a seven year (2013-2020) project of DENR with funding support from Asian Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Global Environmental  Facility and Climate Change Fund.  The project sites of INREMP are Chico River Basin in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Wahig-Inabanga River Basin in Bohol, Bukidnon River Basin in Northern Mindanao and Lake Lanao Watershed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. (RSCIS # 01-02-2017)




To effectively implement the roles and responsibilities in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) of the DENR, Central Office and the DENR, Region 10 conducted a three-day Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training to Forest Protection Officers hired under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program on November 28 to December 1 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The activity is in line with the DENR and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) program to provide livelihood assistance to people in the hinterlands. The OPAPP came up with the list of persons to be included as forest protection officers funded by the DENR. As forest protection officers, they were tasked to implement and help regular DENR personnel to protect their respective areas of responsibility.

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable lauded the FMB team for spearheading the training to enhance the capabilities of forest protection officers and calls on participants to be equipped with knowledge and adopt the new normal that the department is implementing in their respective projects. He also asked participants to do their job well and as partners of the OPAPP and DENR that aims for the betterment of our people and protection of our natural resources.

Forester Joybert Mijares of FMB thanked Regional Director Adorable and encouraged the participants to internalize all teachings learned in the Geotagging and Global Positioning System (GPS) Training and collaborate their previous learnings on Forest Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Topics discussed during the three-day training were Introduction to Geo-tagging; Requirements for Geo-tagging; Use of GPS status, OruxMap and Photaf apps; Quality Control for Geo-tagged photos; How to download geo-tagged data; and Oruxmap data to PC and How to download data from GPS to PC using BaseCamp. (RPAO MR No. 12-419-2017)

Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) was welcomed by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office-Initao personnel headed by CENR Officer Myrna Neri (2nd from right) during his visit to region 10 on November 27. (RPAO PR No. 12-413-2017)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) speaks with DENR 10 officials and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel of Misamis Oriental during his visit to Northern Mindanao on November 27 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Secretary Cimatu challenged the men and women of DENR 10 to strengthen its partnership and coordination with the Local Government Units in their respective area particularly on ecological solid waste management. (RPAO PR No.12-414-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu points out Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Solid Waste Management as primary focus of DENR 10 during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017(RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (center) presides the Turn-over Ceremony of outgoing DENR 10 OIC, Regional Director Edwin B. Andot (right) and Incoming DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (left) during his visit at the Regional Office, Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 27, 2017. (RPAO PR No. 12-416-2017)

ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM. Grade IX students from Macasandig National High School join DENR 10 Information, Education and Communication (IEC) team after the recently concluded Environmental Symposium on November 17. (more...)

PAMANA PROGRAM. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) challenges Forest Protection Officers (FPO) hired under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program from Bukidnon to help implement the programs of the department. (more...)

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