A lawmaker on Sunday lauded the nomination of another natural wonder in the Philippines to the list of United Nations (UN)-protected world heritage sites.
Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental, vice-chairperson of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Transportation in the 15th Congress, said that the inclusion of Mount Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental as one of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (Unesco) heritage sites is a recognition that the country has important ecological jewels that contribute to human knowledge and advancement.
“This recognizes an urgency to protect these jewels from deterioration and neglect as we should to our environment in general,” Dayanghirang said.
Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental, one of the habitats of the rare Philippine eagle, is among the 32 sites nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
According to the Unesco website, Mount Hamiguitan is highly significant to the Philippines’ status as the seventh of the 17 biologically rich countries of the world.
The Unesco website added that this sanctuary is a conservation interest at the national level. At a global scale, it is known to be a habitat of globally important species of plants and animals.
The World Heritage Committee of Unesco is set to consider the inscription of the new sites during its session from June 16 to 27 in Cambodia.
If considered a world heritage site, Mount Hamiguitan will bring to six the total number of UN-protected areas in the Philippines.
The other five are the Tubbataha Reef, the Cordillera Rice Terraces, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the town of Vigan, and local baroque churches.