Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

 

Much has been written and said about this World Heritage site in Palawan. Yet, nothing is more satiable to quench the thirst of enjoying its beauty and splendor unless one explores this enchanting place.

It is believe to be one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world which features cathedral-like caverns and domes. The stalactites and stalagmites formation resembles like religious images, fruits and birds. Truly, an admirable underworld that project the omnipotence of the Creator over human hands. The Underground River is home to other cove dwelling fauna.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was declared by Proclamation No. 835 on March 26, 1971. It is located in the West Coast of Palawan, 81 km north of Puerto Princesa City. The land form in the park are associated with rocky mountains ( of marble and limestone) running from north to south. Two-thirds of the area is covered by lush tropical rainforest from the shoreline to the highest peak, and one-third is thinly vegetated karst limestone. The vegetation types include lowland forest (often with 35 m. canopy), coastal forest and karst forest.

This National Park is currently a popular destination for visiting bird-watchers, and most of the threatened and restricted range birds of the Palawan Endemic Bird Area have been recorded here. Several threatened species are regularly seen in the extensive lowland forests and substantial number of Palawan Phesant Peacock and Philippine Cockatoo are found in the park.

Being one of the major tourist destination of the City it has an annual income of about P 5 million every year. Like other protected areas, it is being managed by the Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB) headed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa where PCSDS seats as a member of the Board

Various joint endeavor have been done so far between and among government and non-government organizations including the community surrounding the Park to improve the services to visitors who frequent to the Underground River when they are in Puerto Princesa .

The Management of the Park was turned-over to the City Government through a Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA ) with DENR. However, the DENR this year, wanted to revoke the MOA and imposed mandate to supervise the Park. It is here where the PCSD came in.

Following the mandate implied in the Strategic Environmental Plan for Palawan Act (R.A. 7611) a resolution was passed by the PCSD supporting the claim of the City Government which halted the move of the DENR