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DENR EYES NINOY AQUINO PARK AS BIODIVERSITY SHOWCASE | July 10, 2009

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza (center) seals an agreement with Palafox Associates, represented by its principal architect Felino Palafox (right), for the development of a conceptual master plan that would transform the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in Quezon City as a “biodiversity showcase” for the country’s rich flora and fauna. With over 3,000 species already thriving in the area, of which 100 are endemic to the country, Atienza said the sprawling, 24-hectare park will further be enhanced with better recreational facilities, anti-pollution interventions, including pictures of flora and fauna species that could not thrive in the area, to instill biodiversity conservation consciousness and environmental awareness among park visitors. On hand to witness the signing at the DENR central office in Quezon City is Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita S. Lim (left, standing).

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza (center) seals an agreement with Palafox Associates, represented by its principal architect Felino Palafox (right), for the development of a conceptual master plan that would transform the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in Quezon City as a “biodiversity showcase” for the country’s rich flora and fauna. With over 3,000 species already thriving in the area, of which 100 are endemic to the country, Atienza said the sprawling, 24-hectare park will further be enhanced with better recreational facilities, anti-pollution interventions, including pictures of flora and fauna species that could not thrive in the area, to instill biodiversity conservation consciousness and environmental awareness among park visitors. On hand to witness the signing at the DENR central office in Quezon City is Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita S. Lim (left, standing).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources today announced plans to transform the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in Quezon City into a biodiversity showcase for Filipinos.

We have long taken great pride in our wealth of flora and fauna. We have more than 14,000 species of plants. Of these, 9,000 are flowering. Worldwide, we rank fifth in the number of plant species. We also rank fourth in bird endemism, which means that these birds are found only in the Philippines. And we rank fifth in mammal endemism.

The Department’s plan is to make NAPWNC a model biodiversity conservation area in an urban area, where people, particularly the youth, can learn more about Philippine biodiversity and appreciate the necessity of protecting such.

If NAPWNC is developed properly, environmental awareness of park visitors will be enhanced. We want the public to feel the visit to the park as both enjoyable and relaxing and a learning experience.

I recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Palafox Associates, represented by its founder, managing partner and principal architect Felino Palafox, to facilitate the preparation of the NAPWNC Conceptual Master Plan that will include detailed site engineering, landscape architectural design and urban design.

According to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, there are around 3,000 species of trees that thrive in the country are found inside the park, 100 of which are endemic to the country, such as narra, molave, kamagong and ipil. For flora and fauna which could not thrive in the NAPWNC, pictures of those species will be displayed instead.

Anti-pollution intervention and better recreational facilities will likewise be introduced in the park. The (NAPWNC) is going to be a model for environment showcases that the DENR plans to establish outside Metro Manila.

The DENR already began initial consultations with several local planners to generate ideas that can be included in the agency’s proposed master development plan for NAPWNC.

We’re targeting to finish the plan within four months so development work can commence as soon as possible.

NAPWNC, a favorite weekend site for families and an educational spot for students, boasts of wide picnic grounds, a lagoon and a wildlife rescue center where some of the country’s endangered and/or threatened species of wildlife are undergoing rehabilitation and care.


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