by Mike Crismundo
March 4, 2014
Tubod, Surigao del Norte – The various local chief executives and the regional officials of government line agencies have pooled their effort to protect the 17,340-hectare Lake Mainit – the fourth largest freshwater lake in the Philippines.
Lake Mainit, a wetland ecosystem, bisects the two provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte in the Caraga Region.
Lake Mainit is the country’s deepest lake with a maximum depth of 223 meters, an altitude of 27 meters above sea level, and a shoreline of about 62.10 kilometers
As this developed, the Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) unveiled its Biodiversity Partnership Project (BPP) for this year during the recent 6th Expanded Technical Working Group meeting held in Surigao City.
“Every local government unit (LGU) and our agency are now closely coordinating for biodiversity’s protection and proper utilization and preservation of environment,” said Region 13 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13) Director Nonito M. Tamayo.
Under the biodiversity mainstreaming of the comprehensive land use planning (CLUP) of the LMDA, all LGUs must undergo the necessary training/workshop.
This municipality is currently on its 3rd phase of the training process of the biodiversity mainstreaming in the comprehensive development plan (CDP), and local project site committee (LPSC), also known as the technical working group (TWG) of the LMDA.
Under the trans-boundary integrated planning, six workshops were conducted, and the activity output is the updated and enhanced LMDA Environmental Management Plan (EMP), drafted one resolution for LGU adopting and approving the trans-boundary plan and one resolution adopted to support and participate in the said project.