The long wait is over.

After several years of consultation and deliberation, the provincial government of Lanao del Sur and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources thru the DENR-Region 10 finally signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in Lake Lanao Watershed.

Last 21 September 2016, the memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by DENR Region 10 Director Ruth Tawantawan and Lanao del Sur Gov. Soraya Adiong at the Sulo Riviera Hotel, Diliman, Quezon City. FMB Director Ricardo Calderon, MinDA Chairperson Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, and ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman served as witness of the MOA.

The signing was also graced by the presence of the DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, Undersecretary for International Affairs and Foreign Assisted Program Jonas Leones, Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Rommel Abesamis, and FASPS overall Director Edwin Domingo. Congressmen Jun Balt Papandayan and Ansaruddin Adiong were also present.

As the second largest lake in the country, INREMP aims to protect, manage and develop the Lake Lanao watershed to sustain the water requirements needed for hydropower, irrigation, fisheries, and domestic uses and to sustain its biodiversity resources.

In her speech, DENR Secretary Lopez challenged the DENR personnel and the Province of Lanao del Sur to make a difference with the quality of life of the people in Lanao del Sur as the main success indicator. She reminded all concerned that not a single centavo must be badly used for the implementation of the project.