THE restoration of the watershed area in one of Mindanao’s most important water bodies will soon start following the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur.
DENR Region 10 Director Ruth Tawantawan and Lanao del Sur Gov. Soraya Adiong led the signing of the implementation agreement for the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) covering Lake Lanao, a highly important water body in ARMM.
The INREMP aims to manage the upper river basins and component watersheds to support poverty reduction, watershed management, biodiversity conservation and climate change policy objectives by developing the capacities of local government units (LGUs), institutions and upland communities as development partners.
The signing was witnessed by top DENR officials led by Secretary Gina Lopez and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman. Also in attendance were Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, and DENR Undersecretary for International Affairs and Foreign Assisted Program Jonas Leones.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we will make a difference in Mindanao, and we’re gonna start in a big way here in Lanao Del Sur,” said Lopez, stressing that the change in the quality of people’s lives covered by the project is the real measure of its success.