BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 19 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte second district representative Erlpe John M. Amante pushed for the approval of House Bill No. 4764 in congress creating the Lake Mainit Development Authority (LMDA).
His co-author of the said bill is Cong. Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr. of Surigao del Norte.
With the creation of the Authority, it is envisioned that Lake Mainit will become a major economic engine in Caraga Region and the whole of Mindanao. It shall be a model for sustainable lake development that is anchored on social mobilization and environmental protection.
Lake Mainit, straddling between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte, is endowed by nature with rich natural resources that remain to be untapped up to now. Being a sanctuary for fishes, crustaceans, and other marine life, Lake Mainit has become a major host of aquaculture and other livelihood activities for locals living near its shores.
Currently, a hydropower plant is also being constructed using the lakes outflow current as a testament that Lake Mainit can become a major course of power in Mindanao.
The scenic beauty of the lake also suggests of its potential to become a prime lake resort destination that can rival other well-known tourist spots. Its strategic location along the Pan-Philippine Friendship Highway furthermore makes tourism development even more feasible. (AgNor Bulletin/PIA-Agusan del Norte)