Director Roberto G. Visco announced today, 18 October 2017, Wednesday that the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) is now OPEN to all visitors. Other point of interests (i.e. Flatrocks, Mudspring, Makiling Rainforest Park, Agila Base) along the Mount Makiling Trail (MMT) are also open to visitors. Dir. Visco ordered that beyond Agila Base is closed to all hikers except for UPLB researchers.
Mount Makiling is temporarily CLOSED to all visitors due to a landslide incident near Station 16. Dr. Roberto G. Visco, MCME director, ordered to close Mount Makiling including Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) to visitors in order to avoid any untoward incidents. MMFR is closed until further notice. Keep safe everyone!
Visitors of Mount Makiling are discouraged to visit Peak II due to a landslide between stations 16 and 17 at the Laguna side of Mariang Makiling Trail. Likewise, hikers traversing from Sto Tomas, Batangas are advised not to pursue mountain crossing. Instead, visitors are encouraged to visit other points of interest in MMFR including Flatrocks, Mudspring, Makiling Rainforest Park, and Makiling Botanic Gardens. Stay safe!
Pinoy Mountaineer through its post shows a large area where bare soil was exposed due to land slipping down slope. Photo credit: Edmon Canoy
On 30 September 2017, DENSO Philippines Corporation (DNPH) conducted tree planting at So. Malalim na San-og, Brgy. Sta. Elena, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This is in line with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program. About 100 employees of DNPH attended the tree planting led by its President, Mr. Yuji Yamamoto.
A total of 2,000 endemic and indigenous forest tree seedlings of different species namely: Arangen [Ganophyllum falcatum), Banuyo (Wallaceodendron celebicum Koord.), Betis (Madhuca betis (Blanco) Macbr. & Merr., Guijo [Shorea guiso (Blanco) Blume], Kalantas (Toona calantas Merr. & Rolfe), Kalimatas [Phaeanthus ebracteolatus (Presl.) Merr.], Kalumpit (Terminalia microcarpa Decne. subsp. Microcarpa), Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi A. DC.), Lamog (Planchonia spectabilis Merr.), Lipote [Syzgium polycephaloides (C.B. rox) Merr.], Makaasim (Syzygium nitidum Benth.), Malaipil (Afzelia borneensis Harris), Putian [Alangium javanicum (Blume) Wangerin] and Toog (Petersianthus quadrialatus Merr.) were planted.
The activity is in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between DNPH and the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) through the University of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (UPLBFI) for the Corporate Partnership for Environmental Restoration Program in Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP). The DNPH is a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for major automakers committed to making the world a better place through their world-first products and technologies.
Photo credits to MSCanceran
On July 25 to 29, 2017, thirteen (13) staff of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME) visited the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) an ASEAN Heritage Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Davao Oriental.
Dr. Rogelio T. Andrada II, Deputy Director of MCME led the group as they had an experiential visit to MHRWS. The team coordinated with PASu Ruel D. Colong of MHRWS for the activities undertaken and areas visited.
The experiential visit aims to expose the MCME Staff to various management strategies and activities done in MHRWS and be able to learn and adapt good management practices.
On 05 October 2017, the Social Forestry Division of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (SFD-MCME) conducted Ugnayang Pamayanan para sa Maunlad na Bundok Makiling at Barangay Lalakay Multipurpose Hall, Barangay Lalakay, Los Baños, Laguna. Ugnayang Pamayanan is a people-oriented forestry program of SFD. It is an advocacy and a public awareness activity on policies, rules, and regulations on Mount Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP). It is participated by the Local Government Units (LGUs) surrounding MMFR AHP (i.e. Los Baños). Also, it’s a continuing Information Education Communication (IEC) strategy towards MMFR protection and conservation through the conduct of forum/dialogues/meetings.
A total of 18 attended the activity namely barangay officials of Barangay Lalakay headed by Barangay Chairman Leticia Concepcion and members of SAMALUP led by President Milagros Surezo. The participants signified their cooperation with MCME for the conservation and protection of MMFR AHP. A video presentation about MMFR AHP was viewed for deeper appreciation of the park. The said activity served as a venue to introduce to the community the new Director of MCME, Dr. Roberto G. Visco. MCME staff present during the activity were For. Nicasio M. Balahadia, head of the SFD, Mr. Benjamin D. Arizala, For. Emer C. Gestiada, For. Leonardo D. Barua, and For. Myranel S. Canceran.
Photo credit to MSCanceran, University Research Associate II, SFD-MCME