Representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources led by DENR Special Concerns Undersecretary Edilberto Leonardo visited Mt. Pulag National Park (MPNP) to inspect and monitor the status of the park’s ecosystem.
The DENR Team were joined by representatives from Department of Interior and Local Government, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of National Defense and the Local Government Unit of Kabayan.
The visit was accompanied by the identification of guard mounting and the participants of the ocular inspection shared the responsibility of planting trees to protect the MPNP. Twenty seedlings of Benguet Pine were planted along Babadak lakeside.
During the monitoring, Usec Leonardo noticed that though agricultural areas are visible at the foot of the park, wildlife still thrived and flourished in the park. It was noted that the once scorched dwarf bamboo has already grown and has spread throughout the park. Different kinds of flora are found to “stand out” in the mossy forest of the park. Some personnel said they spotted a cloud rat in the MPNP.
During his visit, Undersecretary Leonardo also expressed his support in the faster processing of MPNP’s full legislation under the RA 11038, also known as the “Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018,” declaring Protected Areas and providing for their management – ensuring protection for the park.
DENR Cordillera Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo acclaimed that the park naturally healed and flourished since it was closed from the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Protected Area and Management Board has still to decide if the park can be opened to the public. To date, the park remains closed.