CELEBRITY WORLD PH
By Crispina M. Belen
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri leads groundbreaking for three projects in Nunungan, Lanao Del Norte
Another reputable and dedicated public servant in the person of Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri recently visited Nunungan, Lanao del Norte whose chief executive is the multi-awarded and highly respected Mayor Marcos Mamay. The visit on January 14, 2022 was for the groundbreaking of three milestone projects, which he led together with Governor Angging Quibranza-Dimaporo, namely: the P10-Million Torogan House, the P3-Million Multi-purpose Building and Greening and Beautification Project by GN Power by providing four varieties of colorful trees to be planted along the highway from the boundaries of Sapad-Nunungan-Sultan-Naga-Dimaporo to Nunungan Lake.
In his speech, Senator Zubiri, who arrived in Nunungan by a chopper, promised to extend help to more projects in Nunungan as he has seen the municipality to have great potential in eco-tourism especially from the declaration of Mount Inayawan Natural Park as ASEAN Heritage.
It was noted with pride that Nunungan has three lakes, four waterfalls, five caves, having wide area of wild berries (raspberry) which has been featured in various networks, red clayeie type of soil which is another attraction of Nunungan, a motocross hub in Lanao del Norte. Nunungan is now working on strawberry farming.
Aside from Senator Zubiri, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero were also supposed to be in Nunungan for the January 14 event but were not able to make it due to various reasons. The other visitors included Vice Governor Atay, board members, 22 mayors, SB members of Nunungan, Barangay officials, the regional director of tourism, regional director of DENR-NEDA-DAR, provincials directors of the PNP and DILG and NGOs like Eagles-JCI.
During the groundbreaking program, Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo said, “This Torogan house will serve as a museum for the tourists to see the beautiful and rich Maranao culture when they visit Nunungan Lake. Nunungan is positioned as the province’s premier ecotourism destination, and the proposed project embodies the strong connection between our cultural heritage and natural environment.”
Nunungan Mayor Mamay aims to make his town one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the province and making Mt. Inayawan Range Natural Park with its Nunungan lake to be the country’s 10th ASEAN Heritage Park. For this, Governor Dimaporo felt the need to all the more promote the Maranao culture and tradition through this P10-million Torogan house project.
Senator Zubiri also expressed awe for the natural beauty of Nunungan Lake and said, “Now that I have seen how beautiful this area is, I will help the mayor and the governor develop this as a superior tourism spot in Mindanao.”
“The peace and order of Nunungan have been restored, and it is no longer a place that we should be afraid to be in. It is already very beautiful and is earning attention not just at the national but also in the international level,” Mayor Mamay said.
“We are very pleased that our town has finally gained the recognition that it deserves. We are exerting effort on how to make Nunungan a better place to live in and a competitive municipality not just in Lanao del Norte but the whole country,” Mayor Mamay added.
A greening activity was also conducted where over 3,00 seedlings of pink trumpet trees and 100 mancono trees were provided by the GN Power Kauswagan Ltd. Co, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. People from different agencies like the PNP, AFP, DILG, DOT, DTI, DPWH, PIA, LANECO, PGLDN, Inner Wheel Club of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Norte Mountaineering Club, JCI Panguil Bay, JCI Lanao Greenfields, and Eagles Club, helped the planting of the soon to become forest foliage surrounding the majestic Nunungan Lake. PIO-LDN.