Mt. Apo Natural Park: a Protected Area
September 24, 2020 - Thursday 8:09 PM by PNAThis coming September 28, 2020, Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) will be one of the Philippines’ protected areas that will be featured in the next Protected Area Talk or PA Talk. This is a 1-hour online conference which will be hosted by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and organized by DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). Julius R. Paner of Sta. Cruz Tourism Office
Mt. Apo Natural Park or MANP falls under the geographic jurisdiction of the Municipalities of Bansalan, Digos, and Sta. Cruz in Region XI and the Municipalities of Makilala, Kidapawan, and Magpet in Region XII.
Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the country and its name (Apo) means “grandfather of all mountains”.
Under the Republic Act No. 9237 series of 2003 or the Mt. Apo Protected Area Act, the administration and management of the natural park is exercised by the Protected Area Management Board of PAMB which is being chaired by the Regional Executive Director of DENR. This Board promulgates the rules and regulations to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the natural park as Mt. Apo is home to various wildlife species, both flora, and fauna, like the queen of the Philippine orchids, Waling-waling, and the iconic Philippine Eagle.
Because of its rich biodiversity and impressive landscapes, Mt. Apo is one of the country’s favorite destinations of mountain climbers and nature lovers. In 1982, MANP landed in the United Nations List of National Parks and Equivalent Reservations and became one of the 10 ASEAN Heritage Sites in 1984.
This coming September 28, 2020, Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) will be one of the Philippines’ protected areas that will be featured in the next Protected Area Talk or PA Talk. This is a 1-hour online conference which will be hosted by Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and organized by DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). DENR Davao
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