13th LMDA Board of Trustees Meet in Surigao del Norte

By Gilbert P. Leopoldo

LMDA conducts its 13th BOT meeting on February 9, 2010 at Tavern Hotel, Surigao City. The meeting was attended by Hon. Erlpe John M. Amante, Provincial Governor of Agusan del Norte at the same time the Chairperson of Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA); Hon. Robert Ace S. Barbers, Governor of Surigao del Norte. It was also attended by Municipal Mayors, namely; Hon. Aristotle E. Montante of Municipality of Kitcharao; Hon. Glicerio M. Monton, Jr., of municipality of Jabonga; Hon. Franklin D. Lim of Santiago; Hon. Dominador G. Esma, Jr. of Alegria and Hon. Leicester P. Fetalvero of Municipality of Sison. The representatives of the Board are also present as follows; Mr. Arturo M. Cruje, PPDO Surigao del Norte; Mr. Rofel C. Cablatera, PPDO Agusan del Norte; Engr. Emilio S. Pantejo, Provincial Action Officer of Surigao del Norte, Engr. Nivard S. Gonzales, Provincial Action Officer of Agusan del Norte, Mr. Martiniano Yandra, PFO of BFAR Caraga Region XIII; Ms. Ann Jaquilmac of NEDA Caraga XIII; Mr. Fryan Abkilan of PIA Caraga XIII; Mr. Sanudin Benaning of BFAR Caraga XIII. The municipal action officers also attended the meeting as follows; Mr. Roberto R. Calubag, Jr. of Kitcharao; Mr. Ramon B. Mondano of Mainit; Mr. Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr. of Alegria; Mr. Rajamero R. Zoleta of Tubay. Of course the presence of the LMDA – PMO staff and Expanded FMC Secretariate as follows; Engr. Kaiser B. Recabo, jr., program director; Mr. Jonathan M. Natonio; LMDA staff, Mr. Omar C. Barillo, FOCAS Project Coordinator, Mr. Johny S. Natad, Assistant Project Coordinator and yours truly.

This 13th BOT meeting was successfully hosted by the Province of Surigao del Norte. It took almost 3 years since the previous board meeting conducted in 2007. The meeting was highlighted with the welcome messages of Hon. Governor Robert Ace S. Barbers of Surigao del Norte. He was just thankful that the LMDA has done significant actions especially in the protection and conservation of the Lake Mainit as ecotourism destination and a venue for marketing purposes by the coming years. Gov. Barbers reiterated that it is a showcase towards development between the two provinces of Agsuan del Norte and Surigao del Norte. It was also followed by the heart-warming opening message of Hon. Erlpe John M. Amante, Governor of Agusan del Norte.

The meeting deliberate the following agenda: presentation and approval of LMDA Accomplishment Report of 2010, Five year LMDA Strategic Development Plan, LMDA Action Plan, Work & Financial Plan, LGU’s Contribution, FOCAS Milestone and PACAP extension, MOA of Patrol Boat, CTP for Lake Management, Flood Control Master Plan, and Resource Database Design.

Governor Erlpe John M. Amante as Chairperson of LMDA leaves a fruitful message to the BOT members as the meeting ended in the afternoon.



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