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Old November 7th, 2008, 09:37 AM   #1
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Davao Heritage Watch

Friday, November 07, 2008
Oledan: Bio-zones
By Radzini Oledan



VYING for a World Heritage inscription of two endangered biodiversity areas in the Davao Region could do well as a conservation and protection strategy.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park and the Mt. Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental, which have unique and endangered biodiversity, are now considered for serial nomination as sanctuaries of endemism.


A bonsai tree,at the peak of Mt.Hamiguitan (photo courtesy ot TPEF research team)


The thousand hectare pygmy forest


The Mt. Apo Natural Park is considered to be the 14th bio-geographic zone of the 15 bio-geographic zones of the country. Mt. Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary, on the other hand, encompasses the municipalities of San Isidro, Governor Generoso, and Mati in Davao Oriental.


The inscription of the site in the World Heritage list is a strategy for conservation and serves as magnet for international cooperation and financial assistance for conservation projects. With the inscription, greater effort to increase public awareness of the site and of its outstanding values of our cultural heritage is expected.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco) seeks to encourage the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted by Unesco in 1972.

Cultural heritage refers to monuments, groups of buildings and sites with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value. Natural heritage refers to outstanding physical, biological, and geological formations, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants and areas with scientific, conservation, or aesthetic value.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park and Mt. Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary are considered for their natural heritage values. Both serial sites for nomination encompass different protection zones, which include a buffer zone, multiple use zone, strict protection zone, restoration zone, recreational zone, and special use zone.

There is multiple resource use conflict at the Mt. Apo Natural Park, which is managed by three local government units with their own standards and guidelines as well as program interventions to conserve and protect the resource. Considering the inscription of the area as among the World Heritage Site should signal the need for a comprehensive and deliberate conservation program for the area.

In 2005, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the City Government released their terrain analysis study which provides adequate information on the behavior of the watershed to ensure the optimum development of the resource potential in the area.

Under the terrain analysis, 34,254 hectares were identified as conservation area and 12,240 hectares as potential groundwater recharge zones and agroforestry/agricultural non-tillage area. The Mt. Apo Natural Park was among the 16 sites identified as conservation areas.

The zones providing the strictest protection are those areas with high biodiversity value and shall be closed to all human activities, except scientific studies and traditional ceremonial or religious use by indigenous communities.

Parts of strict protection zones are restoration areas of degraded habitats where the long-term goal will be to restore natural habitats with their associated biodiversity.

Multiple use zones include areas where settlement, traditional land use, including agriculture, agro forestry, sustainable extraction activities, tourism and other income generating activities are allowed for as long as these are within the carrying capacity of the parks' natural resource.

This directs our attention to the various economic activities within the Mt. Apo Natural Park and how they threaten or help preserve the natural resource.

If used towards the advantage of protecting the limited natural values, while taking the opportunity to strengthen it as a tourist area, then the inscription to the World Heritage is an opportunity. (Email comments to roledan@gmail.com.)

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Diving Davao, Philippines

Posted on August 16th, 2008.



The new issue of Scuba Diver Australasia magazine just out has my article about diving Davao in the Philippines -- a still largely undiscovered muck diving paradise

The southern Philippines have been off the dive map for a few years due to unrest around the large island of Mindanao, but stability in the region has seen Davao open back up for intrepid foreign travelers. It's easy to get there, a quick flight from Manila with Cebu Pacific, and the diving is equally easy to access too - despite Davao being a huge port city, within 20 minutes of heading out from the marina, you're in the middle of the huge Davao Gulf, with the pristine Samal Island fringed with palm trees and beaches dead ahead.

The diving around Davao is great if you want to find weird and wonderful critters and don't mind the viz being a bit turbid. The local guides can't do enough to help you and are justifiably proud of the diving in the area. Now's the time to go before everyone else gets there...

You can read more about Davao in my article in the current issue of Scuba Diver Australasia it's the cover story, Diamond In The Rough
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One of Mindanao’s pride is our majestic Mt. Apo, home to our indigenous peoples, home of endangered flora and fauna, sanctuary of the Philippine Eagle. It is the dwelling of the gods Apo and Mandaragan of the Manobos, Bagobos and Klatas, the tribes that continue to live in their ancestral domain. In the privilege speech yesterday of Councilor Leo Avila, chair of the Committee of Environment and Natural Resources, Mt. Apo is one of the Philippines’ heritage properties that has been included in the Tentative List submitted to the World Heritage Centre on May 16, 2006 pursuant to the World Heritage Convention. Councilor Avila said “heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” Protection of Mt. Apo and Mt. Hamigitan will be ensured if these will be part of the World Heritage. The lowland forest located in Baracatan, Toril and the MKWD reservation at Perez, Kidapawan City are the remaining known habitat in the Mt. Apo National Park but uncontrolled tourism activities are widely feared to cause destruction to this habitat. Mt. Apo, is one of the Philippines’ heritage properties that has been included in the Tentative List submitted to the World Heritage Centre on May 16, 2006 pursuant to the World Heritage Convention. The Philippines has five world heritage sites namely: (1) Baroque Churches of the Philippines; (2) Tubbataha Reef Marine Park; (3) Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras; (4) Historic Town of Vigan; (5) Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The protection of Mt. Apo should be the concern of all. It will ensure our own survival.

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wow ganda g Mt.Hamiguitan, foggy pa...hows the temperature in there?

i hope maka pasok ang apo at hami....

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Our dumpsite
01/06/2009 - 13:02 Saturday, January 17, 2009
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By Stella A. Estremera
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STUDENTS looking for a sob story and pitiful photos of soot-covered children at the city's dumpsite for their social science classes will have to look somewhere else.

The city mayor has been mentioning it in his television program on Sundays, the city's sanitary landfill is almost done and the city can even become the only highly-urbanized city to have a functioning landfill.

It's something the city can be proud of, he once said.

Having seen the dumpsite in 2004 just before it was converted into a restricted dump the following year, it was hard to believe how a place designed for garbage could make anyone proud.

But that the dumpsite is also a regular part of the itinerary of visiting employees and officials of other local government units should make you wonder what's in there that are bringing in excursionists...And so we went on an excursion as well and found...

Nothing. Not a single garbage. That's what was at the old dumpsite in New Carmen. What was once covered with garbage and stank to high heavens is now a rolling terrain of vetiver grass and young mahogany and fruit tree seedlings.

Had the engineer of the landfill contractor not said the hill we were facing used to be the old dumpsite, I wouldn't have realized that we were in the same place as I was almost five years ago. Down the hill was the almost-finished sanitary landfill facility.

Constructed at P261 million, it is designed to contain 1.2-million cubic meters of residual garbage -- or garbage that can no longer be recycled -- in five to eight years, said Engineer Eliza Guimbaolibot of the IPM Construction, a Manila-based company specializing in sanitary landfills.

The end-design, she said, will include a retention pond for leachates or the garbage juice. No treatment plant, she said, since the design and contract they bidded for doesn't include that. Just the retention pond. But it seems like with time, even leachate or garbage juice can be recycled for as long as it is not allowed to freely pour down water sources,

"We used to water the vetiver glass with the leachate, the growth was good," she said.

Vetiver or Chrysopogon zizanioides is most often used for erosion control because its roots grow downward, up to even six meters down, and not in horizontal mats like all other grasses. Because of its downward root system that digs deep into the soil, it holds the topsoil together. Thus vetiver is used as a stabilizing hedge for stream banks, terraces, and rice paddies.

With all those vetivers growing, fragrant essential oil can also be harvested, if anyone would want to. Vetiver oil is in 90 percent of all western perfumes, an entry from Wikipedia says.

What used to be a mountain of garbage is now a field of vetivers with blue PVC pipes sticking out from the ground.

As one gets a whiff of a leaking gas stove, you are reminded never to light up for a smoke.

"There was a worker here who lit a cigarette, he burned his brow," Engineer Guimbaolibot said. The reason, those blue pipes sticking out from the ground are actually releasing methane gas. Government is not utilizing the free cooking gas, these are just released to the air.

It's true, the project is 90-percent completed, but it's taking longer than it should. The reason: Davao's regular rains. There are days when they cannot work because their equipment couldn't move around. But they expect the project to be completed within two to three months.

In the meantime, the city's garbage is being thrown at a temporary dumpsite in Barangay Lacson, Calinan district.

It's a vast private property owned by the family of Cecilio "Boy" Manaois. It's around 36 hectares of rolling terrain that has a guardhouse that only allows authorized persons to enter.

Once you reach the dumpsite, it's a scene straight out of "Wall-E" and not Payatas; dump trucks rumbling down the well-graded dirt roads, the air filled with smoke from the garbage, and very few people milling sifting through the rolling terrain of garbage.

Among the men is a father of five, who maintains a shack in the clump of shacks in the dumpsite.

"That's our sleeping quarters. We don't call it a house since we have our houses outside the dumpsite," he said. His family is at New Carmen, he said, and he goes home every weekend.

Only the men who have passed background check and approval by the landowner are allowed inside. Each scavenger has a record of sorts. No one else can enter and scavenge. Also, no family member is allowed inside, no wives, no children. Only full-grown men.

It's more organized, he said, but they're earning less now.

"The garbage dumpsite owner's buying price is very low. Like scrap bronze, which we could sell at P300 per kilo in the New Carmen dumpsite before is only bought for P90-P100 per kilo here," he said. "The landowner is the one who sets the price."

Scrap cartons are bought at P0.30 a kilo down from a maximum of P0.70 per kilo before. All other recyclable trash is bought at prices way below the price they were sold before.

All garbage recycled is sold off to the landowner, he said.

The man, who asked not to be named, added that they can no longer ask for "cash advance." That's not allowed.

In New Carmen, he said, when there was free enterprise, they had "suki" buyers who would allow them to get some cash advances. Not here, he said.

But that's part of the arrangement made with the City Government when it was looking for a temporary dumpsite. The area was offered to be used for free on condition that all the recyclables go to the landowner.

Monopoly? Yes, but then, there were no takers before. No one wanted the city's tons of garbage, except this landowner. Call it entrepreneurial.

Manong, whose children's ages range from 5 to 22, said there are 30 of them in their area and 15 more in an area farther off. He also estimates that at least 90 truckloads are dumped everyday.

Data from the city environment and natural resources office shows that the city collects 1,000 cubic meters of trash everyday using 10 compactor trucks with 18 cubic meter capacity each, three open dump trucks with 7 cubic meter capacity each, 40 ten-wheeler trucks with 14 cu. m. capacity, and eight six-wheeler trucks with 7 cubic meter capacity each.

Manong has been scavenging in New Carmen for five years before the dumpsite was transferred. Now he's in Lacson doing the same, and intends to move on and follow the garbage trail once it packs up and leaves for the new landfill.

That's his livelihood he said, and he still has a five-year-old child to feed. Anyway, even the prospect of a new landfill means garbage being sorted and recycled because only residual waste should be thrown into the landfill as it will cost hundreds of millions more to build another one.

In the meantime, the sanitary landfill project is a sight to behold. The mountain breeze reminding you of what it once was before it became a garbage dump -- a rolling terrain of greens. Just make sure you don't take a deep breath where the blue pipes are sticking out from the ground.[/QUOTE]
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PIA Press Release
2009/02/05

Feature: Protecting Davao Oriental's wonder


By Mai Gevera

Davao City (5 February) -- Home to a unique bonsai field, better known as "pygmy forest" is Davao Oriental's Mt. Hamiguitan where 100-year old trees abound.

One would wonder about its 225 hectare mossy-pygmy sanctuary filled with trees having an average height of only 1.4m with a diameter of 8 cm.


Experts claimed that this is a sanctuary of high, varied ecosystem with many endangered, endemic and rare flora and fauna species.

However, this jewel was put under threat when anybody, even those having bad intentions can easily climb and go to the area.

"Before, many climbers went to place, left their trash up there, without seeking any permit from the local government," said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR assistant regional director on Protective Areas/Wildlife Coastal and Zone Management Edmund Isip.

This pushed his office to initiate a delineation project to determine which part should be considered protected. This has also empowered the three local government units namely San Isidro, the City of Mati, and Governor Generoso to come up with some local policies to regulate the entry of visitors in the area.

DENR also sought the participation of mining company BHP Billiton to fast-track the delineation process.

Isip lauded the corporate responsibility shown by the said company as this has also guaranteed the people on how the company respects and values the boundaries set by the government to protect the said site.

Most importantly, the delineation work has also generated more jobs in the three LGUs that hold entry points to Mt. Hamiguitan.

The official said that LGUs have now employed "bantay gubat" or forest guards to constantly secure the area and monitor the entry and exit of visitors as stipulated in the policy.

Local tour guides have also increased in number as the LGUs are now requiring them to go with tour guides as they trek the protected site.

" The natives has learned to protect their area and at the same time add an extra living by serving as forest guards, porters, or tour guides." he said.


To further improve forest management of Mt. Hamiguitan, DENR is currently conducting a management planning for the various zones encompassing the said protected area. (PIA XI) [top]

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Philippine Eagle Center


Philippine Eagle Center






The Center is home to 36 Philippine Eagles, 18 of which are captive-bred. It also houses 10 other species of birds, 4 species of mammals and 2 species of reptiles. Simulating a tropical rain forest environment, the Center offers the visitor a glimpse into the country’s forest ecosystem. Although the exhibits are used primarily to help educate the Filipino people on conservation, the facility is also considered a major tourist attraction in Davao City.
How to get there
The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is about an hour drive from the city and can be reached either by private or public transport. Buses going to Calinan depart every 15 minutes from the Annil Terminal located at corner Quirino and San Pedro Extension. Bus fare is at P30. From Calinan, take a pedicab going to the PEC. The ride is about 10 minutes and will cost you P6. Before entering the PEC premises, the Davao City Water District will collect an entrance fee of P5 for adults and P3 for kids. PEC entrance costs P50 for adults and P30 for youth, 18 years old and below. Tour guiding and the use of kiosks are free of charge.


Entrance Fees
Guests are charged a nominal fee to enter the facility. The proceeds are used to support in situ and ex situ conservation actions of the PEF.

Adults - P50
Youth (18 years old and below) - P30

Traveling time from the City Proper to Malagos
45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic

Tours and Reservations
Tour guiding at the Philippine Eagle Center is free of charge. It is advisable that visitors call the PEF office and book in advance to ensure the availability of tour guides during their visit.

School groups with at least 30 students will be given a 10% discount. However, the group must have to pre-book their visit and must pay in advance at the PEF Office (see Contact Page) to avail of this offer. Family groups of 10 are also provided with the same privilege.

The Philippine Eagle Center is open from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon daily, including holidays.
Lecture on the following(optional)
Philippine Eagle Foundation and its programs
Conservation Breeding Program
Field Research Program
Community Based Program
Conservation Education Program
Captive Breeding Techniques

Special Education Program
The Philippine Eagle Center offers educational programs for visitors such as:

Keeper Talk
This activity is offered at a specific time. The bird's keeper or caretaker will talk about the bird's biology, characteristics, interesting facts and life at the Center. This activity gives the visitors an opportunity to interact with the keeper and its ward. It also helps the visitors have a deeper understanding of the bird's life cycle and environment.

Falconry.
This activity is a guarantee that visitors will never forget their trip at the Center. This time, the guests will not see the birds in their enclosures but on the air. Keepers will allow their wards to take flight to delight and impart knowledge to the viewers.

Open Classroom Project.
This is a fun way of knowing the eagles and learning about life science. With games and enjoyable activities, students will definitely take pleasure in learning. Modules and themes are specifically designed to suit
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i got this tip from GEE of cebu heritage thread! thanks GEE



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New Rodent Species in Davao

Written by Jonathan Mayuga / Correspondent
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 21:51

FLORA- and fauna-rich Philippines made history again. Scientists confirmed recently that a small rodent found only in Mount Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental and discovered two years ago by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the Chicago-based Field Museum of Natural History is a new species.

The Hamiguitan batomys or Hamiguitan hairy-tailed rat is a yellow-brown animal with a long furry tail, weighs about 175 grams, and is related to several other species in Central Mindanao, Dinagat Island and Luzon. It lives only from an elevation of 950 meters and up in dwarf mossy forests of areas less than 10 square kilometers.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said the discovery and confirmation bolster his department’s efforts at protecting and enhancing biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. “We have long taken great pride in our wealth of flora and fauna, and this new discovery reinforces our efforts to make the protection of these unique and endemic species found in the country our top priority.”

He said experts believe there could be more discoveries of new species in the country, and he worries some of these species may already be threatened with extinction before they are discovered and protected.

Lawrence Heaney, curator of mammals at the Field Museum and coauthor of the Batomys description, said, “The Philippines has one of the largest numbers of unique species of mammals of any place in the world; over 125 mammal species live only in the Philippines. There is truly a wealth of animal and plant life here that is worth protecting.”

Heaney added, “The unusual geological history of Eastern Mindanao leads us to predict that additional species currently unknown to anyone except local residents are likely to live there. Our project with the PEF will attempt to find, formally describe and learn about the habitat needs of these species before logging, mining or other human activities reduce their chances for survival.”

Team leader and lead author Danilo Balete said, “The Hamiguitan batomys is the first mammal to be described from Eastern Mindanao, and is the first mammal that is thought to live only in that area. Most mammals unique to Mindanao were described from Mount Apo or Mount Kitanglad. This points to Eastern Mindanao, especially Mount Hamiguitan, as a biologically unique part of the Philippines.”

The new species was found in May 2006 during an expedition that sought to learn more about the region, which is also home to the globally endangered Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird.

Dennis Salvador, PEF executive director, said that “Mount Hamiguitan and the rest of Eastern Mindanao is poorly known biologically. Sadly, the region is a mining and logging hotspot.”

“At Mount Hamiguitan, six mining agreements cover more than 17,000 hectares of forest, which is more than half of the mountain’s forest cover. We are working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Field Museum to learn about the biological diversity and conservation status of the region before habitats get further damaged,” he added.

“Mount Hamiguitan fully deserves to be among the global heritage sites,” said Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim, whose bureau has endorsed the inclusion of Mount Hamiguitan in the Unesco World Heritage List.

Atienza said the people must leave only to government the protection of our natural riches but that they, too, should do their share in making sure our country’s forests and other natural resources such as the sea and the coastal areas are still there for our grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Philippines has been declared by scientists as one of only a few countries in the world with mega diverse flora and fauna.

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New species in Davao bolsters case for biodiversity conservation -DENR
02/18/2009 | 04:22 PM


The Hamiguitan batomys, or hairy-tailed rat, is a
yellow-brown rodent with a long furry tail. AFP
MANILA, Philippines - The discovery of a new species of small rodent in Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental bolsters the case for biodiversity conservation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday.

DENR Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. made the call after the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Chicago-based Field Museum of Natural History discovered the new species.

"We have long taken great pride in our wealth of flora and fauna and this new discovery reinforces our efforts to make the protection of these unique and endemic species found in the country our top priority," Atienza said on the DENR Web site (www.denr.gov.ph).

The Hamiguitan batomys or Hamiguitan hairy-tailed rat is a yellow-brown animal with a long furry tail, weighs about 175 grams, and is related to several other species known in Central Mindanao, Dinagat Island and Luzon.

It lives only from an elevation of 950 meters and up to the peak, in dwarf mossy forests of areas less than 10 square kilometers.

Atienza said it is very likely there will be more discoveries of new species in the country, but some of these species might already be threatened before they are discovered.

He said that while government moves to conserve them, everyone must do their share to protect the country's forests, which is home to wildlife.

Global scientists had declared the Philippines as one of only a few mega diverse countries in the world where rich flora and fauna are found, he said.

According to team leader and lead author Danilo Balete, "hamiguitan batomys is the first mammal to be described from Eastern Mindanao, and is the first mammal that is thought to live only in that area."

"Most mammals unique to Mindanao were described from Mt. Apo or Mt Kitanglad. This points to eastern Mindanao, especially Mt Hamiguitan, as a biologically unique part of the Philippines," he said.

The new species was found in May 2006 during an expedition that sought to learn more about the region, which is also home to the globally endangered Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird.

"Mt. Hamiguitan fully deserves to be among the global heritage sites,"
said Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim, which has endorsed the inclusion of Mt Hamiguitan to the UNESCO World Heritage List. - GMANews.TV

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Ohhh,..first time i saw this kind of rat.I wish to see this personal.MOre about history this thread its great.
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One of Mindanao’s pride is our majestic Mt. Apo, home to our indigenous peoples, home of endangered flora and fauna, sanctuary of the Philippine Eagle. It is the dwelling of the gods Apo and Mandaragan of the Manobos, Bagobos and Klatas, the tribes that continue to live in their ancestral domain. In the privilege speech yesterday of Councilor Leo Avila, chair of the Committee of Environment and Natural Resources, Mt. Apo is one of the Philippines’ heritage properties that has been included in the Tentative List submitted to the World Heritage Centre on May 16, 2006 pursuant to the World Heritage Convention. Councilor Avila said “heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” Protection of Mt. Apo and Mt. Hamigitan will be ensured if these will be part of the World Heritage. The lowland forest located in Baracatan, Toril and the MKWD reservation at Perez, Kidapawan City are the remaining known habitat in the Mt. Apo National Park but uncontrolled tourism activities are widely feared to cause destruction to this habitat. Mt. Apo, is one of the Philippines’ heritage properties that has been included in the Tentative List submitted to the World Heritage Centre on May 16, 2006 pursuant to the World Heritage Convention. The Philippines has five world heritage sites namely: (1) Baroque Churches of the Philippines; (2) Tubbataha Reef Marine Park; (3) Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras; (4) Historic Town of Vigan; (5) Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The protection of Mt. Apo should be the concern of all. It will ensure our own survival.

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I hope it will be included in the World Heritage List.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 04:51 AM   #17
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A bonsai tree,at the peak of Mt.Hamiguitan (photo courtesy ot TPEF research team)


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May 21, 2009


SAN ISIDRO, Davao Oriental – Mount Hami-guitan, located within the boundaries of Mati, Governor Generoso, and this town, will soon be declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

In a recent meeting of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) here, the local governments of Mati and Governor Generoso were urged to fast-track the passage of their respective trekking and conservation ordinances for their respective jurisdiction to be included and be harmonized into one Comprehensive Management Plan, part of the requirements needed by Unesco as basis for the declaration.

Another requirement needed by Unesco is the establishment of the Management Center of PAMB and the Protected Area Supervisory Unit (PASU) Office that were already provided by Mayor Apolinar Ruelo Sr. of this town.

Mt. Hamiguitan and its vicinities was declared a protected area under the category of wildlife sanctuary and its peripheral areas as buffer zone by virtue of Republic Act 9303 on July 30, 2004.

It is a sanctuary of endemism of outstanding universal value and is the only protected forest noted for its unique bonsai field or “pygmy” forest of 100-year old trees in an ultramafic soil.

The whole Mt. Hami-guitan Range covers an area of about 31,000 hectares.

Governor Corazon Malanyaon wants the undeclared 10,000 hectares, a portion of the 31,000-hectare Mt. Hamiguitan Range, to be included in the protected area.

Mt. Hamiguitan is part of the reason the Philippines ranks seventh among the 17 biological rich countries of the world and represents the fast disappearing habitats of globally important species of plants and animals.

Board member Justina Yu of the second district of Davao Oriental said Mt. Hamiguitan also serves as protector of Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal against strong winds, typhoons, and tidal waves. sarx lanos/ipid news
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PIA Press Release
2009/05/29

Philippine Eagle Foundation holds wildlife photography workshop
by RG Alama

Davao City (29 May) -- As part of the many activities for the Philippine Eagle Week this June 4-10, the Philippine Eagle Foundation will be holding the Wild Views: A Basic Wildlife Photography workshop slated this June 5-9.

The workshop is open to photography and wildlife enthusiasts knowledgeable with photography basics. It is specifically geared at building the photographer's knowledge of techniques, ethics and proper decorum in practicing responsible photography of wildlife and wildlife habitats.

It will be conducted in two sessions with a photo safari to be held in between lectures. The first lecture session will be held on June 5 (Friday) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SM Event Center while the second session will be held on June 7 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. also at the SM Event Center.

The Photo safari will be held from June 6 to 7 at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos. A photo exhibit and awarding of best photos will be held as the culminating activity at the SM Event Center.

The workshop will have Mindanaoan photojournalist Froilan Gallardo as resource speaker. Registration fee is P300. The organizers would like to note that limited slots are available, to register call Maita or Tatit of the Philippine Eagle Foundation at (082) 2712337 or email at dmmverdote@yahoo.com with "shoot me" in the subject line, emails without the said subject may be disregarded. (PIA XI) [top]

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PIA Press Release
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Philippine Eagle Foundation holds wildlife photography workshop
by RG Alama

Davao City (29 May) -- As part of the many activities for the Philippine Eagle Week this June 4-10, the Philippine Eagle Foundation will be holding the Wild Views: A Basic Wildlife Photography workshop slated this June 5-9.

The workshop is open to photography and wildlife enthusiasts knowledgeable with photography basics. It is specifically geared at building the photographer's knowledge of techniques, ethics and proper decorum in practicing responsible photography of wildlife and wildlife habitats.

It will be conducted in two sessions with a photo safari to be held in between lectures. The first lecture session will be held on June 5 (Friday) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SM Event Center while the second session will be held on June 7 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. also at the SM Event Center.

The Photo safari will be held from June 6 to 7 at the Philippine Eagle Center in Malagos. A photo exhibit and awarding of best photos will be held as the culminating activity at the SM Event Center.

The workshop will have Mindanaoan photojournalist Froilan Gallardo as resource speaker. Registration fee is P300. The organizers would like to note that limited slots are available, to register call Maita or Tatit of the Philippine Eagle Foundation at (082) 2712337 or email at dmmverdote@yahoo.com with "shoot me" in the subject line, emails without the said subject may be disregarded. (PIA XI) [top]

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VYING for a World Heritage inscription of two endangered biodiversity areas in the Davao Region could do well as a conservation and protection strategy.

The Mt. Apo Natural Park and the Mt. Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental, which have unique and endangered biodiversity, are now considered for serial nomination as sanctuaries of endemism.

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