Oriental Mindoro gets P40M to develop its prized lake
POSTED: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
CALAPAN CITY – The province of Oriental Mindoro, under the administration of Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr., got some P40-million from the national government as an initial fund for its Naujan Lake Development Investment Plan where Naujan Lake, the 5th largest lake in the country and the biggest in the whole Mindoro Island, will be comprehensively developed as an investment and tourism haven in the whole MIMAROPA Region.
In an announcement made by Governor Umali before provincial capitol employees last Monday (September 30) here, he confirmed that after getting the said fund, the provincial government will start dispersing P10 million for each local government unit which covers around Naujan Lake such as the towns of Naujan, Victoria, Socorro and Pola.
Based on the plan for Naujan Lake, which is now declared as a national park and recognized by the United Nations as one of the “wetlands of international importance,” rest areas will be initially constructed on its strategic places around the said river. A tourism information center and a parking area will also be established there as an added attractions there.
Under the Naujan Lake Development Investment Plan of the provincial government, local officials here are hoping to open new industries that will further boost the economy of Oriental Mindoro.
It can be noted that when Umali presented the plan for Naujan Lake, the governor envisions the putting up of a retirement village around it that will serve as home for retirees and an added tourist attraction of the province.
More or less 16 kilometers from this capital city of Calapan, the said freshwater lake is the primary source of Oriental Mindoro for non-salt water fishes and other sea sources.
Umali is hoping that with the support of all concerned sectors in the province particularly the government and private agencies and the people, a balanced development is now enhanced here for Naujan Lake while they are protecting and preserving the river’s ecological balance. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)