The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has declared as a geological monument certain coastal areas in two municipalities in Bohol, after these sites were “uplifted” because of the earthquake that hit the province in October 2013.
The “Loon-Maribojoc Geological Monument” was created through the in DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-08 issued by Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, which includes the uplifted coastal area covers some 1.37 square kilometres of coastline within the towns of Loon and Maribojoc.
“The department order declaring the uplifted coastal area as a geological monument serves to provide a legal framework for the recognition, preservation and protection of the uplifted coast, as well as encourage further researches and studies on the monument for the advancement of geosciences in the country,” Paje said.
Geological monuments are sites that show outstanding features or processes considered by geologists and other scientists as worthy of conservation.
According to Paje, the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) recommended the declaration of the coast as a geological monument based on its initial survey showing that the area formed “unique geological features” after the quake lifted the land by up to 1.2 meters.
Stretching eight kilometres, it straddles four barangays of Loon, namely Tangnan, Cuasi, Tontonan and Song-on, and two barangays of Maribojoc—Punta Cruz and Guiwanon.
The MGB is tasked to perform ground verification and installation of a marker containing the geological history, description and significance of the geological monument.
The bureau was also tasked to coordinate with other government agencies and concerned local governments in the preparation of a management plan for the park.
The six other national geological monuments earlier declared by the DENR are the Chocolate Hills that are also in Bohol, the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte, the St. Paul Limestone Formation in Puerto Princesa in Palawan, the Taal Volcano in Batangas and the Montalban Limestone Gorge in Rodriguez in Rizal.