CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental–The Mt. Balatukan Cluster, a 30-year intensified eco-tourism and agro-forestry development plan is launched here Thursday primarily to protect the mountain range and developed the area into a sustainable agro-forestry livelihood for the adjoining towns in the province eastern district.
Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano who led the unveiling of the Mt. Balatukan Convergence Area Development Plan (CADP), said that project is in collaboration with the various national and local government stakeholders in line with the national government’s Philippine Development Plan/Ambisyon Natin 2040.
He said that the program aims to utilize and preserve the indigenous natural resources through the development of environment friendly enterprise and livelihood opportunities.
In his remarks during the unveiling ceremony, Emano said that the goal is to address poverty through a collaborative effort with the national government agencies and local government units aimed at empowering the people on a sustainable development focused on eco-tourism and agro-forestry development.
Initially launched in Misamis Oriental on August 11, 2011, the Mt. Balatukan Cluster was chosen as one of the 10 initial Local Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster pilot areas by the National Convergence Initiative (NCI).
The Mt. Balatukan Cluster is composed of the City of Gingoog, and the 11 municipal towns of Balingasag, Balingoan, Binuangan, Claveria, Kimoguitan, Lagonglong, Magsaysay, Medina, Sakay, Sugbongcogon and Talisayan covering an area of 228,680 hectares.
Emano, however, said that “ trust” among the key players in the national, provincial and local government units is one of the critical factors needed for the project to succeed.