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PROTECTED AREAS, WILDLIFE AND COASTAL ZONE

MANAGEMENT SERVICE (PAWCZMS)

 

Republic Act No. 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992 mandated the DENR to protect and maintain the natural biological and physical diversities of the environment.  Its passage gave impetus to biodiversity conservation and protection in the country.

The tables below show the protected areas and the rare; threatened and endangered species.

PROTECTED AREAS

NAME OF PROTECTED AREA

PROCLAMATION NO. / DATE

PROPOSED CATEGORY

AREA (Ha.)

LOCATION

INITIAL COMPONENT

 

 

   

1. Mt. Apo Natural Park

PP 882, Sept. 24, 1996

Natural Park

20,552 (Region 12 side)

Kidapawan, Makilala and Magpet, all of Cotabato Province

2. Libungan-Alamada Watershed Forest Reserve

Proc.# 653, May 3, 1990

Natural Biotic Area

52820

Libungan and Alamada, Cotabato Province

3. Allah Valley Watershed Forest Reseve

Proc.#2455, Sept. 24, 1985

Protected Landscape

92,450

Surallah, Lake Sebu, T’boli So. Cot.and Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat

4. Lake Sebu Watershed Forest Reseve

Proc.#65, Aug. 4, 1966

Protected Landscape

9,900

T'boli and Banga, South Cotabato

5. Lake Buluan

Proc. # 58, Dec. 1, 1926

Natural Biotic Area

6300

Lutayan, Buluan and Pres. Quirino, all of the Provinces of Maguindanao (ARMM) and Sultan Kudarat

6. Mt Matutum Protected Landscape

Pres. Proc.# 552, March 20, 1995

Protected Landscape

14773

Polomolok, Tupi, Tampakan, all of South Cotabato Province and Malungon, Sarangani

ADDITIONAL COMPONENT 

 

   

1. Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape

Pres. Proc.# 756, March 5, 1996

Protected Landscape

215950

Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, Alabel, Malapatan and Glan, all of Sarangani Province and General Santos City

PROPOSED ADDITIONAL COMPONENT

 

 

   

1. Ligawasan Marsh

Forestry Admin Order No. 19 (only a portion of the 288,00 has. (Proposed area)

Wildlife Sanctuary

288000

Cotabato City,Pigkawayan, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Pikit, Kabacan, Matalam, Tulunan, all of Cotabato Province and Lambayong, Sultan Kudara

2. Kabulnan Watershed Forest Reserve

Pres. Proc.# 241, February 8, 2000 (As a watershed reserve)

Protected Landscape

116452

Bagumbayan, Esperanza, Palimbang, Ninoy Aguino and Kalamansig, all of Sultan Kudarat Province and Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

3. Mt. Sinaka

 

Wildlife Sanctuary

5022

Arakan, Cotabato

 

 

 

 

 

 

RARE, THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

 

COMMON NAME/ SCIENTIFIC NAME

HABITAT/ LOCATION

STATUS

A.

MAMMALS

 

 

1

Tarsier (Tarsius  syrichta)

Second growth forest found in Malungon, Sarangani,  Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and Paril-Sangay, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat

Threatened

2

Dugong (Dugong  dugon)

Coastal areas in the Provinces of  Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat 

Critically endangered

3

Philippine Monkey (Macaca fascicularis) 

Secondary forest, Close canopy found in the provinces of region 12

Threatened

4

Wild Pig

Secondary Forest, Close canopy

Vulnearable

5

Wild Cat

Secondary Forest

Threatened

6

Philippine Deer (Cervus marianus)

Secondary Forest

 

B.

BIRDS

 

 

1

Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)

Lowland and mountain forest observed in Lake Sebu South Cotabato, Arakan, Cotabato.

Critically endangered

2

Walden’s hornbill (Aceros waldeni)

Forest canopy in Paril-Sangay, Kalamansig,  Sultan Kudarat

Critically endangered

3

Tarictic hornbill (Penelopides panini)

Forest and Forest edge, Mt. Sinaka at Arakan, Cotabato

Endangered

4

Writhed Hornbill (Aceros leucocephalus)

Forest tree clearings, Mt. Sinaka at  Arakan, Cotabato

Endangered

 

5. Rufous-lored kingfisher (Todishamphus winchelli)

Forest and forest streams

Endangered

6

Silvery Kingfisher (Alcedo argentala)

Banks of forest streams

Endangered

7

Blue-winged racquet-tail (Prioniturus vertitalis)

Mangrove forest

Endangered

8

Mindanao bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba criniger)

Primary and secondary growth  forest

Endangered

9

Japanese night heron (Gorsachius goisagi)

Shaded forest

Endangered

10

Wattled broadbill (Eurylaimus steeri)

Lowland forest understorey

Vulnerable

11

Philippine leafbird (Chloropsis flavipennis)

Lowland and montane forest

Vulnerable

12

Colasisi (Loriculus philippensis)  

All forest types and forest patches, Mt. Apo and Daguma Range

Vulnerable

13

Rufous hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax)

Forest, forest edges, Mt. Sinaka at Arakan, Cotabato

Vulnerable

14

Lesser eagle-owl (Mimizuku gurneyi)

Lowland forest rivers

Vulnerable

15

Spotted imperial pigeon (Ducula carola)

Forest, forest edges

Vulnerable

16

Philippine Eagle Owl ( Bubo philippensis)

Lowland forest rivers, Lowland  and limestone forests

Vulnerable

17

Azure-breasted pitta ( Pitta steeri)

Forest, forest edges

Vulnerable

C.

REPTILES

 

 

1

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Coastal areas in the provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat

Critically endangered

2

Loggerhead Turtle  (Caretta caretta) 

Coastal areas in the provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat

Endangered

3

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Coastal areas in the provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat

Endangered

4

Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Coastal areas in the provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat

Endangered

5

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Coastal areas in the provinces of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat

Endangered

D.

MARINE FISHES

 

 

1

Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus)

Coral Reef

Endangered

2

Humphead (Cheilinus undulatus)

Coral Reef

Endangered

3

Bumphead (Bolbometapon muricatum)

Coral Reef

Endangered

LATEST NEWS

MOU signing with DENR-Sarangani Energy Corp. and LGU Maasim

DENR XII, SEC, LGU ink pact to protect Sarangani Bay sanctuary

(September 25, 2018, Koronadal City)- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XII signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maasim in managing and protecting Malbang Marine Sanctuary in Maasim town, this Tuesday.

The MOU is part of the Adopt-A-Reef Program of the DENR as a mechanism in strengthening the involvement of the community in the protection and conservation of the natural resources along Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS).

The DENR as represented by Regional Director Nilo B. Tamoria has been recognizing the significant role of public and private sectors, LGU and community partnership for a sustainably managed Sarangani Bay.

For its part, Mr. Yori Limatta, SEC Plant Manager expressed their desire to work with DENR in the management and protection of Malbang Marine Sanctuary and the development of beach forest as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

“SEC as part of the power group is happy to be part of the community. We want to prove that the power plant can co-exist with the marine sanctuary. We would not put anything directly to the sea from the power plant,” Limatta said.

Meanwhile, Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services reminded LGUs and Peoples’ Organizations (PO’s) on their environmental responsibility. “We have to strengthen our efforts in conserving and protecting the seascape. The LGUs including barangay chairman and PO’s operating in the protected area have a big responsibility as elaborated in Republic Act (RA) 1178 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS),” ARD Brahim said.

Under the MOU, LGU Maasim will provide consultation dialogue to the local community on the do’s and don’ts in the protected area especially in the Strict Protection Zone.

Hon. Uttoh Salem D. Cutan, Mayor of the Municipality of Maasim said that Maasim is now moving for the networking of marine sanctuary. “We are grateful for the SEC in taking the responsibility to protect and conserve Malbang sanctuary,” Mayor Cutan said.

“The people in the community are now involved through the PO’s and this simply means that they have to be at the forefront in safeguarding the protected seascape,” he added.

Engr. Mama G. Samaon, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Province underscored that community participation could lead to effective management of coastal resources.

“Communities are the custodian of the environment thus active involvement of all citizens is encouraged,” PENRO Samaon said.

DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2016-26 known as the Guidelines for the implementation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Management Project (CMEMP), a national program which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

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