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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tubbataha, Hamiguitan now Asean heritage parks

Philippines The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan and Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental made the list of ASEAN's heritage parks, said Environment Secretary Ramon Paje yesterday. 

According to Paje, environment ministers from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations approved the nomination of Tubbataha and Mt. Hamiguitan as the 34th and 35th ASEAN heritage parks, respectively during the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment held in October in Vientiane, Laos.

The Philippines currently holds seven ASEAN heritage parks in the country which includes Mt. Apo Natural Park, Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park in Mindanao; the Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park in Occidental Mindoro, and the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve in Laguna

“The designation of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary as regional heritage parks is long overdue, both having been named earlier as UNESCO World Heritage sites,” Paje said.

“This latest recognition indicates that the natural characteristics of both Tubbataha park and Mt. Hamiguitan sanctuary are so exceptional they deserve to be protected for the benefit of everyone in Southeast Asia,” he added.

Source: Yahoo Philippines

1 comment:

  1. It's great to hear that two new parks made the list of ASEAN heritage parks. It brings joy to me that these two are from the Philippines. I hope to see more parks from other ASEAN countries making the list as well. Move forward, ASEAN!


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