In coordination with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the active leadership of Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo along with the key officials of the Municipality of Nunungan headed by Mayor Marcos M. Mamay and representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region X, conducted its 46th Protected Area Management Board Executive Meeting for the conservation and protection of Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park via an online platform.
 
As we all know, Mt. Inayawan is a mountain range located in the heart of Nunungan in the Province of Lanao del Norte. The area was officially designated as a natural park on July 30, 2007, through Proclamation No. 1344 signed by President Gloria Arroyo, thus it is now named Mount Inyawan Range Natural Park (MIRNP). Alongside this mountain range nestles the beautiful twin lake of Nunungan which serves as the natural habitats of some endangered species and freshly abundant flora and fauna. Apparently, along with its beauty and natural value, this is now labelled as the last rainforest bastion which is very vital for it supplied water for some municipalities in the province particularly for the irrigation of the Kapatagan Valley.
 
That is why, despite the adversity and the challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte together with Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo of the 1st District and the father of peace and development Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo of the 2nd District, did not stop pursuing significant campaigns to restore the beauty and abundance of Mt. Inayawan.
 
Mr. Saiben P. Mampao, the DENR Protected Area Superintendent, presented to the board officials the accomplishment report for the 1st Semester CY 2021 which includes the Habitat Protection, Community and Education and Public Awareness (CEPA), Biodiversity Monitoring System, maintenance, and other operational monitoring services for the protection of the entire mountain range.
 
Due to the strict security implementation and intensified relationship with the LGU, the group apprehended 13 incidents that involve illegal transportation which totals 9,917 pieces of forest products that has an estimated value of P 406,731. 75. Moreover, as of this quarter, there are over 11 cases that were filed for those individuals caught having illegal logging and transactions.
 
In her message, Governor Angging earnestly asked for the continuous support of the responsible authorities in promoting an eco-friendly community. Governor Angging also emphasized the importance of taking part in such environmental campaign now before it’s too late.
 
“I appreciate all the efforts of the DENR, DILG, PNP, AFP and the LGU for supporting us always in this quest against these illegal loggers. Nonetheless, I am still challenging everyone to keep doing their best to finally denounce all the illegal operators and to put to an end all illegal activities in the province, especially in this mountain range’, Governor Angging added.
 
Meanwhile, as one of the resource speakers of the meeting, Forester Liza B. Requina, the Protected Area Superintendent of Mt. Balatukan Natural Park of Misamis Oriental, presented several vital points regarding management effectiveness assessment. Align with the different methods and framework she discussed, Ms. Requina’s presentation significantly showed the importance of evaluation to improve the efficiency of management and role of each citizen to those sites that need further protection.
 
Present also during the virtual meeting were Mr. Mamacaya M. Lucman the PAMB Chairman and also Mr. Ramon Serapio of PGLDN PENRO. The meeting also discussed several issues and concerns regarding the continued implementation of programs and projects for the conservation of Mt. Inyawan. The conference also paved the way to present the necessary significant action plan to further support the maintenance of comprehensive and effective management and allocation for the preservation and protection of our environment. These actions are very essential for they can contribute in sustaining the eco-industrial development of Lanao del Norte, the Land of Beauty and Bounty. PIO-LDN