Mt. Mantalingahan Palawan as Protected Landscape

The provincial government of Palawan is still anticipating the approval of the proposed Mt. Mantalingahan in southern Palawan as protected area.

In a press conference today, Vice Governor David Ponce de Leon said they are waiting on the approval of Mt. Mantalingahan as protected landscape.

Ponce de Leon said the documents are now in the custody of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and will be delivered to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for the issuance of presidential proclamation.

The proposed protected area is an initiative of the provincial government covering 126,000 hectares of the mountain ranges within the territorial jurisdiction of five southern municipalities namely, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Sofronio Espanola, Rizal, and Quezon.

Governor Joel T. Reyes strongly supports the declaration of the mountain as protected area.

The approval has been delayed due to existence of mining claims within Mt. Mantalingahan.

Environmentalists in Palawan called for the protection of the mountain ranges that play a vital role in the socio-economic development of Southern Palawan.

Mt. Mantalingahan is the highest peak in the province with an altitude of 6,800 ft. above sea level.

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