On September 23, 2011, soldiers from the 35th Infantry (Makamandag) Battalion led a group of nature lovers in a trek towards Mount Inayawan in the interior town of Nunungan, Lanao del Norte.
Composed of out-of-school youths, local media, Youth for Development (Y4D) leaders, NGOs, POs, and some government employees, the group aimed to rediscover Mount Inayawan’s scenic beauty and appreciate the abundance of its flora and fauna.
One of the highlights of the three-day camp is a visit to renowned Lake Nunungan. With its calm crystal clear waters complemented by the cool mountain breeze, the place is ideal for meditation and relaxation after a day of nature exploration.
Other highlights of the camp were a motocross competition and a boat race across the expansive waters of Nunungan Lake.
In a bid to further preserved the natural resources in Nunungan, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1344 declaring Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park as a protected area. As a protected area, the natural park is placed under the administrative control and monitoring of DENR.
Now, threatened species inside the more than 3,600 hectares of the park freely roam in their natural habitat as illegal poachers are kept at bay by military forces patrolling the boundaries of the municipality.
Integral also to the development of the natural park is the establishment of a secured territory that will entice local and foreign tourists to explore also the wonders of nature in Nunungan. Moving towards this goal, the 35th IB has been instrumental in strengthening peace in the area by closely coordinating with traditional and local government leaders.
Located 1,535 meters above sea level, Lake Nunungan is located at the heart of Mount Inayawan. Nunungan Lake is composed of three lakes of different sizes and holds an abundant supply of fish grown by the local folks.
Mount Inayawan has been identified by nature trekkers and mountaineers as a great venue for regular climbs and adventure tours.
With strong support from the local community, provincial government, and other stakeholders, Mount Inayawan Range Natural Park may soon be next tourist attention in Lanao del Norte. Lord Leos Lavv Ladonga/Y4D
Photo caption: The calm, clear waters of Nunungan Lake is disturbed only by a passing wooden boat of a local resident. Located 1,535 meters above sea level, Lake Nunungan is cradled by the Mount Inayawan Range and is one of the highest lakes in the country.