Mt. Apo and Mt. Hamiguitan conservationists join ASEAN Heritage Parks roundtable in Indonesia
Frontliners of the country’s ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) including AHP Managers, AHP partners and key stakeholders, the Governing Board, ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB) Members and AHP Committee Members recently gathered for a 4-day conference in the Republic of Indonesia.
Besides strengthening network and camaraderie, conservationists were positioned to assess the role of AHPs in ecosystem protection and pandemic recovery though enhanced knowledge and skills on planning and implementing ecosystem management, restoration strategies and building resilience.
Attendees from the Philippines include DENR’s Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) and selected personnel and stakeholders who are in the forefront of ensuring that the management of the country’s Heritage Parks are on the beam.
For. Rolly Tapec, the OIC-PASu of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary stood as a resource speaker on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Recovery Plan in Philippine AHP.
For. Daryl Jane Bordios of MHRWS also shared her exprience to which she emphasized that such conference enhanced her knowledge and points of view.
"I am deeply honored and humbled as I got the chance to learn from other countries' conservationists.", For. Bordios expounds.
Meanwhile, Sta. Cruz Senior Tourism Officer Julius Paner expressed his gratitude to DENR XI Regional Director Bagani Fidel Evasco for tapping him as one of the few participants of Mt. Apo Natural Park.
“As a stakeholder in MANP, conferences such as this one really helps us improve by learning and adopting replicable models of biodiversity conservation. Personally I have learned a lot, there are principles that I think could be applied in MANP especially on the aspect of ecotourism and conservation.”, Paner shares.
Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental and Mt. Apo Natural Park in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato are among the country’s nine (9) ASEAN Heritage Parks.
MANP, alongside Mt. Iglit Baco National Park in Mindoro, were declared in 1984, making them the pioneering AHP sites in the Philippines. MHRWS, on the other hand, alongside Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, are the only two (2) UNESCO Sites in the list of AHPs. Both were recognized in 2014.