World Environment Day- 4 Protected Areas in the Philippines

Whether it’s mandated by law, or driven by age-old customs or personal resolve, it always pays to protect the environment and preserve it in the best possible way we could.

These four protected areas in the Philippines show us that the results are often beneficial to us, inhabitants of this world, when conservation plans are consciously, collectively, and respectfully put into practice.

BULUSAN LAKE

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Bulusan Lake in Sorsogon is part of Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, a protected area of rainforest surrounding Mount Bulusan.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

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Also called Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan. Another protected area in the Philippines that is managed mainly by the Local Government Unit.

SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE

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A view from Mt. Kiltepan after sunrise in Sagada, an indigenous community in Mt. province that is largely untouched by modern culture.

CORON, PALAWAN

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The Twin Lagoon (Coron, Palawan). A breathtaking view await at the other side of the lagoon.

Its indigenous caretaker, the Calamian Tagbanua, was granted autonomous right to the island, including the 16,958 hectares for the ancestral waters around its coast. More about Tagbanua tribe here.

Aside from they are protected areas, they are all a natural wonder.

Below are other things that can be expected from these protected and community conserved areas in the country.

SUSTAINABILITY

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The Day’s Catch. Lake Danum, Sagada
on our way to bokong falls
Rice Terraces, Sagada

2. SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

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Spearfishing. Traditional fishing method used by Tagbanuas in Coron, Palawan [Photo: Jacob Maentz]

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Underground River
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Kayangan Cove, Coron, Palawan.
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Bulusan Lake
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Sunrise at Mt. Kiltepan, Sagada

3. CLEAN AND MAINTAINED

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Inhabited by Calamian Tagbanua. They are distinct from the Tagbanua in mainland Palawan both in terms of language spoken and way of life. [Photo: Jacob Maentz]

“There is poverty, but there’s hardly a sign of filth in inhabited areas. Their houses are spaciously set in their land and there’s no sign of alcoholism – characteristics that are common to other fishing villages in the country.”

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Morning Walk
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Vicinity of Underground River
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Jacuzzi inside a cave. Sumaguing Cave, Sagada

4. NATIONAL PRIDE

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One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
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The Calamian Tagbanua serves as inspiration to other indigenous communities here and outside the country for securing autonomous rights for their ancestral domain.

5. CULTURAL PRIDE

Sagada is valued not only for its stunning sites, but also for its culture, hospitality and high regard for customary practices. Sagadans won’t wear a tribal costume for a photo memento in exchange of money.

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Part 2 of this blog will be about the conservation approach each of these four protected areas use and apply to make its conservation efforts successful.

[Photos: Travel Buddies Ely, Gin, Avi]

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