Due to the entry of Typhoon Chedeng (International name Maysak) in PAR and the directive of LGU and DILG to secure hazard prone areas, hiking to Peak II, traverse, and camping is prohibited starting 03 April 2015.

Cutoff time entry to MMFR thru Mariang Makiling Station 1 is 10:00AM. Access will be restricted to Flatrocks and Mudsprings only; camping is disallowed. Campers currently onsite are advised to pack up gear after breakfast.

Entry of hikers to MMFR thru Sto Tomas Ecopark is also prohibited until further notice.

Photo by Terry W. Virts

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Stakeholders of the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve meet on March 16, 2015 at the CFNR Lansigan Auditorium for the presentation of the outputs of the MMFR management plan. The event entitled “MMFR SAC Post Plenary Meeting: Development of a Management Plan for MMFR in the Context of ASEAN Heritage Park” served as venue to present the plans and programs developed during the series of workshops conducted by the various committees of the MMFR Stakeholders Council, namely, Ecotourism; Livelihood; Resource Generation; Research, Development; and Monitoring, Legal Concerns, Biodiversity Protection and Law Enforcement, Water Resources and Sustainable Use, and Communication, Education and Public Awareness.

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Rappler reports the launch of Green labels within the year. Through a Joint Administration Order (JAO) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, then Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Tourism (DOT), a labeling scheme to promote the ‘economic values of biodiversity conservation’ and ‘discourages destructive practices by forest-dependent communities’ will be instituted to promote biodiversity in our products.

The report further reads :

The JAO “Adopting Biodiversity-friendly Business and Enterprise Framework and Criteria” hopes to encourage entrepreneurs, indigenous peoples, local government units, people’s organizations, and consumers to promote an economy that values biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability.

The labeling scheme promotes the ‘economic values of biodiversity conservation’ and ‘discourages destructive practices by forest-dependent communities.’

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SEARCA is inviting everyone to attend the Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS) seminars at Drilon Hall, SEARCA, UPLB Campus, Los Baños, Laguna. The ADSS is meant to encourage the presentation and discussion of development and research issues, as well as their implications for agricultural and rural development. Through the ADSS, SEARCA proactively contributes to having a vibrant scientific exchange within, and even beyond, the Los Baños Science Community.

The SEARCA ADSS is held every Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 p.m. at SEARCA. The regular SEARCA ADSS and its special seminars are open to the public. The following is the schedule of seminars for February 2015:

 

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Dr Nathaniel Bantayan and other AHP Park Managers from 10 ASEAN member states met on November 4-6, 2014 at Petchaburi, Thailand for a workshop on ASEAN Heritage Parks Program. Through the workshop, experts discussed ways to furhter strengthen the ASEAN heritage parks network. Read more about the program at the ACB website here.

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Mt. Makiling remains intact after renewed attempts by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and its allies to acquire the BSP lease area. According to the article by Inquirer reporter Maricar Cinco, three house bills were filed in the past with House Bill 6352, or the “Boy Scouts of the Philippines Charter of 2012” as the most recent. Read the full report here.

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