TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – The key members of the province’s Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Executive Committee for Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park recently convened for their first meeting for CY 2022.
 
Held last June 22, 2022, the 47th PAMB EXECOM was facilitated by the Department of Environment Resources led by PENRO office Mr. Samer Ambola via teleconferencing. Initially, Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Dela Cruz Quibranza conveyed her thanks to the active participation of the group in monitoring the situation of Mt. Inayawan in Nunungan.
 
If we can remember, with the initiative of Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, Mt. Inayawan bats for inclusion as an ASEAN Heritage Park. Tagged as the only largest remaining rainforest in the province, Mt Inayawan is located in the heart of the Municipality of Nunungan. It stands with an astonishing height of 1,535 meters and 5,036 feet above sea level.
 
Being the highest mountain in the province, Mt. Inayawan also showcases abundant and pristine flora and fauna. In the recent field validation conducted for the predetermined areas of the mountain, 94.61% of the forest, which covers 4,008.11 hectares, were identified as Strict Protection Zone (only research data allowed), while the 5.38% of it is considered to be as Multiple Use zone (area for development) with 228.07 hectares.
 
With these figures, the Execom plotted allowable activities and approaches to be observed in every zones. Until now, we are still waiting for the result and process to finally consider this mountain one of the internationally selected protected areas with unique biodiversity and outstanding scenery.
 
With the intensified collaborative force of the committee and with the help of the Police force, over 2.381 cubic meter (20pcs) of Logs with an estimated value of Php 35,332.50 and 6.576 cubic meter (1,118 pcs) for Php 97,584.55 and several equipment were apprehended based on the report presented.
 
Forester Algazali Datu-Dacula, the Chief Enforcement of CENRO Kolambugan, said “ We have identified violators, and they have already been charged, but most of the cases are still ongoing; no decision yet”.
 
While deliberating further measures to safeguard the biodiversity and wilderness of the mountain, the group assured to compensate and help those private entities who are economically dependent on the area. As one of the advocates in promoting environmental awareness, Lanao Norte Mountaineering Club (LAMOC), through its President, Ms. Grace Mae Joven, formally gets the approval of the board to conduct a Mt. Inayawan Kalilintad Climb on July 15-17, 2022.
 
Mount Inayawan has been labeled by some nature lovers and mountaineers alike as an extremely great site for regular climbs and adventure hikes. PIO-LDN