Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park now an ASEAN Heritage Park
Cagayan de Oro City (14 May) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) presented to officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the plaque recognizing Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon as an ASEAN Heritage Park.
The award was presented by ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Dato' Misran Karmain to Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio during the launching of the International Year of Biodiversity in Makati City recently.
DENR Regional Executive Director Maximo O. Dichoso along with Regional Technical Director Belen O. Daba of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services; and Community DENR Officer and Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Felix Mirasol were present during the awarding ceremony.
Director Dichoso said Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park as an ASEAN Heritage Park joins other 27 other ASEAN Heritage Parks. It is also the third declared ASEAN Heritage Park in the Philippines, after Mt. Apo in Davao and Mt. Iglit-Baco in Mindoro Oriental.
Mt. Kitanglad has an area of 30,642 hectares and covers seven (7) municipalities and one (1) city in the province of Bukidnon, namely Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, Lantapan, Impasug-ong and Malaybalay City.
It was declared as a protected area in 2000 by virtue of Republic Act No. 8978. (DENR) [top]