Mt. Hamiguitan is known for century-old trees and home to different flora and fauna. In July 30, 2004, by virtue of Philippine Republic Act No. 9303, Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a protected area. It is commonly shared by the municipalities of Governor Generoso and San Isidro and the City of Mati.
In 2014, it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is the only one in Mindanao and the sixth UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines.
What does this mean? The whole range and wildlife sanctuary covering 31,879 hectares of beach, lowland, montane and mossy forests will no longer be accessible to large foot traffic and would only be limited to scientific studies.
The rich biodiversity, unique and endemic flora and fauna, and its pygmy forest within the sanctuary will be preserved, conserved and protected.
In the past years that the mountain range was closed to traffic, the Subangan Museum’s interactive Mt. Hamiguitan section served as an alternate destination.
With the help of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) of the Department of Tourism, the Davao Oriental Provincial Government opened the Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Park just this May 2016.
The Eco-Park covers 12.84 hectares and houses a Natural Science Museum where it lets you have an interactive experience of Mt. Hamiguitan. It also has a research center, cabins for cisitors, mountain trails, tree top adventures, hanging bridge, bird watching deck, butterfly trails, camping grounds and gardens.
(Photos by Olan Emboscado TheTravelteller)
How to Get There:
The Mt. Hamiguitan World Heritage Park is located in San Isidro, Davao Oriental. It is a 3-hour road trip from Davao City. Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu.