“Environmental health education is rapidly becoming a global priority; but still receives little attention despite the crucial issue of climate change. Thus, the local government unit of the municipality of Nunungan congruence to its advocacy to protect the environment showed a unified commitment with other stakeholders to really push stiff measures to protect the remaining forests in our town.” Mayor Mamay said in an interview during the Environment Day activity recently held.

In view of this commitment, an immersion activity was conducted with the participation of various officials from different government agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, Mindanao State University – Marawi, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Agriculture, PAMBI officials, Mt. Inayawan Farmers Association and the local government of Nunungan.

The group also conducted tree planting activity on the said area.

The office of 2nd District Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo through his staff participated the event as a gesture of support and commitment of LGU’s advocacy especially the town is declared as protected area.

The Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park is a protected area of forested mountains in Nunungan town. The park encompasses the mountain range in the landlocked municipality and covers a total area of 3,632.74 hectares (8,976.7 acres) with a buffer zone of 889.04 hectares (2,196.9 acres). The area was officially designated as a natural park on 30 July 2007 through Proclamation No. 1344 signed by President Gloria Arroyo. It is a critical watershed area and the largest remaining rainforest in Lanao del Norte.