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)

 

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DENR 10 CELEBRATES WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) through its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) conducted a symposium on March 2, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The symposium was attended by selected students of Macabalan National High School. The activity is in observance of the World Wildlife Day which is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Big cats: predators under threat.”

This year’s celebration focused on big cats – Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars as well as their smaller cousins such as Cheetahs, Snow Leopards and Pumas, who are facing many different threats, most of which are caused by human activities. According to SeeTheWild Organization, roughly 80 percent of the 40 wild cat species are shrinking and sixteen of them are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

In his lecture, Ranoray Love A. Noro, Chief of PAMBCS reiterates that wildlife is important for their roles in preserving the balance of nature in the ecosystem where they belong. He also presented the threats to wildlife which includes illegal trade and habitat destruction.

The students also learned about Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, an act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats. They also had a chance to visit the Regional Rescue Center inside the DENR 10 compound where they encountered real wild animals like the Philippine Hawk Eagle, the Python and the Cobra.

Noro gave emphasis on teaching the youth the importance of conserving and preserving biodiversity, including wildlife, because the youth will be next in line in the stewardship of our mother Earth. Ana Mae Sumalinog (RPAO MR No. 03-57-2018)

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Forester Antonietto C. Añora (left) accepts the Certificate of Recognition for and in behalf of the Holcim Resources and Development Corporation (HRDC) from DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau 10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto (right) during the DENR 10’s Monday Convocation program on April 10 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

Engr. Roel L. Piloton (left) accepts the Certificate of Recognition for and in behalf of the Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. (RCI, Inc.) from DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau 10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto (right) during the DENR 10’s Monday Convocation program on April 10 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) leads the oath taking of nine newly hired and promoted DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel from Camiguin on April 10 at the DENR 10 regional office in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

KICK-OFF ACTIVITY OF WOMEN'S MONTH. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable welcomes the participants to the Kick-Off Activity (more...)

WOMEN’S MONTH. Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (2nd from left) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) awards the Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Simer E. Belacho (4th from left) for being the resource person in a lecture on Sexual and Reproductive Health during the Monday Convocation of DENR 10 on March 19, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

YOUTH CAMP. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) congratulates the youths (left) from Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte and other localities in Cagayan de Oro City for grabbing the chance to participate in the annual Environmental Youth Camp (more...)

MARINE PROTECTED AREA MARKERS. To promote coral reef conservation and as part of the celebration of the International Year of the Reef, the DENR 10 represented by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. (3rd from right) recently distributed Marine Protected Area markers (more...)

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