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Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park
Kalinga Apayao in Cordillera Administrative Region
- This park was declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1357 dated December 9, 1974. It is composed of two mountain ranges with numerous creeks all draining towards the Saltan River, which divides the two ranges. It is characterized by high mountain ranges with steep slopes and rugged, rocky terrain. Mt Sapocoy, which is located on the western boundary of the park overlooking the Ilocos and Cagayan Valleys, is the highest peak at 2,456 meters. The lowest point in the park is at Balbalan in the eastern portion, with an elevation of 700 meters. Most of the park is forested, mainly with pine forest and montane forest, including mossy forest, with limited areas of lowland dipterocarp forest.

Bataan National Park
Bataan Province

- Bataan was declared as a national park in 1945, covering 31,365 hectars. The area was reduced to 23,688 hectars in 1980 by virtue of Proclamation No. 1956. Mt Natib in Bataan National Park is the highest point at 1,253 meters. Records of fauna includes the Phillipine Eagle, Philippine Cockatoo and the Philippine Warty Pig.


Bulusan Volcano National Park
Sorsogon Province

- was declared by Proc. 811 on 7 June 1935. This park is located near the tip of the Bicol Peninsula, at the south-eastern extreme of Luzon Island. There are three main peaks within the park, the active Bulusan Volcano, the highest of the three, which is characterized by numerous deep ravines and caves, and Sharp Peak and Mt Jormahan. The center of the mountain complex forms an undrained area known as the Aguingay Lake, which dries up during summer. Lake Bulusan, is within this park also. A substantial area of forest remains in the park, including both montane forest around the peak, and lowland forest on the slopes. Other habitats include secondary grassland & freshwater lakes. Yellow-striped Slender Tree Skink Lipinia pulchella, Jagorís Sphenomorphus Sphenomorphus jagori and the threatened Sailfin Water Lizard Hydrosaurus pustulatus, Philippine Brown Deer Cervus mariannus, Philippine Warty Pig Sus philippensis and the threatened southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat Phloeomys cumingi have been recorded here. Mt Bulusan is also home to two endemic plant species, a "fern" Prenephrium bulusantum and Schefflera bulusanicum.


Caramoan National Park
Caramoan, Camarines Sur Province

- It was declared by Proc. No. 291 on 20 July 1938, with an area of 347 ha. It is a hilly peninsula, with deep gorges and a rough, rocky terrain. The forests here are mainly lowland in type. Other habitats present in Caramoan National Park include mangrove forest, sand dunes and beaches. The natural features of this park, includes caves, limestone formations, white sandy beaches, an islet lake and a subterranean river. It is actually a popular tourist destination. Lizards endemic to the Philippines were recorded here, including Northern Keel-scaled Tree Skink Dasia grisea, Two-digit Worm Skink Brachymeles samarensis, Common Burrowing Skink Brachymeles boulengeri, Yellow-striped Slender Tree Skink Lipinia pulchella), Cumingís Earred Skink Otosaurus cumingi, Jagorís Sphenomorphus Sphenomorphus jagori and the globally threatened Grayís Monitor Lizard Varanus olivaceus.


Catanduanes Watershed Forest Reserve
Catanduanes Province

- This park was declared through Proclamation No. 123 in 1987, and covers 26,010 ha. The terrain on the island is hilly, particularly in the central portion, but the highest point only reaches just over 800 m. The substantial forests which remain are all lowland dipterocarp in type, and are the largest remaining forest block in the whole of the Bicol Region. Forest is found above 490 m, and is estimated to cover a total of about 69,770 ha. Some of the fauna found here included Philippine Warty Pig, Philippine Brown Deer, Mindoro Narrow-disked Gecko, Philippine Calotes, Common Flying Lizard, Common Burrowing Skink, Two-digit Worm Skink, Northern Keel-scaled Tree Skink, Yellow-striped Slender Tree Skink, Jagorís Sphenomorphus, Steereís Sphenomorphus, Black-Sided Sphenomorphus S. decipiens, Dog-faced Water Snake Cerberus rynchops, Philippine Cylindrical Snake Hologerrhum philippinum and Smooth-scaled Mountain Rat Snake Zaocys luzonensis. Globally threatened species, such as the Estuarine Crocodile Crocodylus porosus, the Endemic Sailfin Water Lizard are also found here.


Central Cebu National Park
Cebu Province
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Kalbario-Patapat National Park
Ilocos Norte
- This park is about 72 km north-west of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte and 185 km west of Aparri, Cagayan. Its topography is generally mountainous with rugged, steep terrain. There are extensive old growth dipterocarp forests, including both lowland and mossy montane forest and secondary growth forest.

Maria Aurora Memorial Park
Aurora Province
- Maria Aurora Memorial Park was proclaimed by virtue Proc. No.774 in 11 August 1941 and Proc. No. 130 in August 11, 1941. Maria Aurora Memorial Park lies in the towns of Baler and Maria Aurora in central Aurora Province and eastern Nueva Ecija, close to the border with Nueva Vizcaya. The park is chracterized by lowland rainforest, montane forest and secondary scrub. The maximum altitude of the park is reported to be 1 km. It is assumed that the park is believed to have a lowland dipterocarp. Recent sightings of Philippine Eagle there were recorded and even evidence of nesting was already established.

Mariveles Watershed Forest Reserve
Mariveles in Bataan
- The Mariveles Watershed Forest Reserve was established through R.A. 3092 in July 1996. The Mariveles Mountains are in southern Bataan province, near the entrance to Manila Bay, and rise steeply from sea level to 1,420 meters. The park is believed to have both lowland and montane forest, including mossy forest. The park includes an old growth forest at the peak of Mt Mariveles. A subspecies of Elegant Tit (Parus elegans gilliardi), is only known from the Bataan peninsula.

Mt. Apo National Park
Davao City
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Mt Banahaw- San Cristobal National Park
Quezon Province
- This park was declared a National Park by Proc. No 716 on 21 May 1941 and Proc No. 75 on 9 August 1966. Mt Banahaw is an active volcano that stood 2,177 m. The peaks of Mt Banahaw and Mt San Cristobal border the provinces of Laguna and Quezon. The most extensive stands of closed canopy forest in Laguna Province are on Mt Banahaw. The forest types include lowland dipterocarp forest on the lower slopes and montane forest above about 900 m, including mossy forest around the peak. Records stated that Philippine Eagle, Philippine Cockatoo and the Philippine Warty Pig were found or sighted here.

Mt Iglit-Baco National Park
Mindoro Province
- Mt Iglit-Baco National Park (75,445 hectars) was declared by Republic Act No. 6148 on 9 November 1970. Iglit-Baco National Park is mostly grassland, but there is one area of forest close to Mt Iglit, a few other small patches, and an extensive block on steep slopes in the Mindoro Oriental sector of the park. These are mainly montane forests on very steep slopes, but there are some areas of lowland dipterocarp forest. There is a 367 hectars stand of "acacia" (Samanea saman) woodland at 50-100 meters in the southern part of the park close to Lamintao River, and an area of "agoho" (Casuarina equisetifolia) forest at the Tamaraw Gene Pool Area, along the Anahawin River. Most of the mountains and plateaus in the east of the park are covered in grassland or heavily degraded forest. Mt Iglit-Baco National Park is the home of the "Tamaraw" (Bubalus mindorensis), a Mindoro endemic. Big numbers of deer and wild pigs are also reported to occur here. Mt Iglit-Baco is the type locality for the Mindoro pallid flying fox (Pteropus sp. a), which is believed to have very small and fragmented populations, and is probably highly endangered.

Mt. Isarog National Park
Camarines Sur Province
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- It was declared by Proc. No. 293 on 20 July 1938. It is currently proposed as a natural park under the NIPAS. This park is one of the priority sites under the EU-DENR NIPAP. Mt Isarog is a dormant volcano that stood 1,976 meters. Most of the remaining forest are "montane" and only a small patch of closed-canopy lowland forest. A remarkable number of endemic species like the Isarog Shrew-Mouse Archboldomys luzonensis, Isarog Striped Shrew-rat Chrotomys gonzalesi, and Isarog Shrew-rat Rhynchomys isarogensis, as well as many other threatened Luzon endemics, including the Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat Phloeomys cumingi inhabit this park. It is also the only known locality for the Isarog Forest Frog Platymantis isarog. A record of the globally threatened endemic butterfly, Milagrosí Tiger Parantica milagros has been made also.

Mt. Kanlaon National Park
Negros Island
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Mt. Kitanglad National Park
Bukidnon Province
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Mt. Pulag National Park
Benguet Province
- Mt Pulag National Park was declared by virtue of Proc. No. 75 on 20 February 1987. Mt Pulag National Park is in the southern part of the Cordillera Central mountain range of Northern Luzon, between the towns of La Trinidad (near Baguio) and Bontoc. The park is situated along a ridge that runs from north to south, and it include the highest peaks in the entire range. Mt Pulag, at 2,930 m, is the highest mountain on Luzon and the second highest in the Philippines. The lowest elevation in the park is 1,100 m on the western slopes, and it descends to 1,200 m on the eastern slopes. Steep terrain with many deep ravines and gorges characterize the area.

Mt. Makiling National Park
Laguna Province
- Mt Makiling National Park was declared by Proc. No. 552 on 23 February 1933 and Proc. No. 692 on 2 August 1960. This park covers an area of 3,328.65 ha. Mt Makiling is an isolated peak to the south of Laguna de Bay in southern Laguna. Birds like the "Philippine Hawk-Eagle", the Philippine Eagle-Owl, Cream-bellied Fruit Dove, Philippine Cockatoo thrive here. The Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat Phloeomys pallidus and Flying foxes Pteropus and Acerodon sppare are also found here. This park is frequented by bird-watchers and mountain trekkers because of its proximity to Manila.

Northern Sierra Madre National Park / Palanan Complex
Northern Luzon
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- It is the largest remaining undisturbed rainforest in the country. It is also the most diverse and the richest in terms of biodiversity. Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park was established by virtue of Proclamation No. 978 on 10 March 1997. It covers an area of 359,486 hectars, including 287,861 hectars of land and 71,625 hectars of marine areas. Also known as the Palanan complex or Wilderness Area, the park is in eastern Isabela Province, in the northern half of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It is bounded by the Dikatayan River to the north, the Disabungan River to the south, the Cagayan Valley to the west and the Philippine Sea to the east.

The topography within the park ranges from relatively low hills with moderately steep slopes near the coast to higher mountains with very steep slopes, peaks and sharp ridges in the interior of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. A series of peaks along the north to south range running through the park rise to well over 1,000 m, including Mt Cresta (1,672 m), Mt Divilacan (1,311 m), Mt Palanan (1,184 m) and Mt Dipalayag. The park is blessed with undisturbed lowland dipterocarp rainforest and it includes areas where undisturbed forest extends from the coast to the mountain peaks. There are some extensive areas of montane forest around the higher peaks in the park. The parkís coastline are other ecosystems, which are among the most diverse and productive in the world. These include estuaries, mangroves, beach forest, seagrass-beds, and coral reefs.

Almost all of the 6 species of Eagles found in the Philippines thrive here. These include the Philippine Eagle and the Rufous-bellied Eagle. There are large areas of lowland forest in the park, so it is very vital for threatened lowland forest inhabitants. Threatened or near-threatened amphibians and reptiles were also recorded in the area including the Philippine Sail-fin Water Lizard (Hydrosaurus pustulatus), Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and Grayís Monitor Lizard (Varanus olivaceus). At least 12 amphibians and 15 reptiles recorded from the area are Philippine endemics and other species not previously known from the park and from the Philippines. This area is also known to hold many endemic and rare species of plants.


Polillo Watershed Forest Reserve
Polilio Islands

- Polillo Watershed Forest Reserve was established by virtue of Proclamation No. 72 on 9 August 1966, covering an area of 130 ha. Minasawa Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary was declared by PWAO No. 7 on 15 September 1964 and covers 4 ha.
This reserve possess a variety of fauna that includes; Philippine Cockatoo, Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus castroi, Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensis hybridus, Blue-backed Parrot Tanygnathus sumatranus freeri, Philippine Brown Deer, Philippine Warty Pig, Golden-crowned Flying Fox. The globally threatened endemic Grayís Monitor Lizard Varanus olivaceus and Sailfin Lizard Hydrosaurus pustulatus are known to occur in the area. The best quality closed canopy forests in the islands are well protected in the Polillo watershed in the center of the main island, as they provide valuable potable water for the municipality of Polillo.


Quezon National Park
Quezon Province
- This park was declared by Proc. No. 740 on 25 October 1934 that cover ed a total area of 535.08 ha, and Proc. No. 594 on 5 August 1940 expannding its coverage to 983.08 hectars. It is located north of Pagbilao and Tayabas Bay. The main habitat of the park is lowland evergreen rain forest, but only small patches of reasonably tall forest remain at its core. It is a favorite destination for bird-watchers. Unfortunately, the park is now nearing loss of conservation value because of massive encroachment and destruction from "kaingin" or conversion to agriculture, irresponsible extraction of forest products and even quarrying.

Rajaha Sikatuna National Park
Bohol Province
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Subic Bay Forest Reserve
Zambales Province
- Subic Bay Forest Reserve (SBFR) is a component of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Jurisdiction of the area was turned over to the Philippine government in 1992. The lower slopes of the mountains are covered by grasslands and croplands and secondary growth. Old growth forest is mainly confined to the steep slopes and gullies at higher altitudes. Lowland dipterocarp forest is found at 100-900 meters and montane forest above about 900 meters. Between 3,000 to 5,000 hectars of primary lowland dipterocarp forest is estimated to remain in the watershed, although much of this was damaged by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1992.


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