Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary or MHRWS is one of the protected areas in the Philippines known for its range of threatened and endemic flora and fauna species. Specifically located in Davao Oriental, this protected area became a catalyst for environmental conservation and protection as it houses the critically-endangered Philippine eagle, Philippine cockatoo, bonsai forests, and pitcher plants, among others.
At present, MHRWS is a world-renowned crowning glory and jewel of the province of Davao Oriental. And adding to its glory is being officially included in the prestigious list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site last June 2014 and being declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park in October 2014 due to its recognized outstanding universal value (OUV) that is worth sharing to the world.
Although MHRWS is the country’s 6th UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the first of the only two protected areas that received UNESCO and ASEAN recognitions along with Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan. In Mindanao, however, it is the only protected area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meanwhile, MHWRS along with other legislated protected areas in the Philippines under National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) will be featured through a live streaming conference on June 22, 2020. This is organized by the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau with the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.