Mount Mingan, which this town shares with the municipalities of San Luis in Nueva Ecija province and Dingalan in Aurora province, has been declared a protected sanctuary for "Gab-e," or the Philippine Eagle.
Mt. Mingan is a habitat not only to Gab-e but to many animal species, based on a three-month ecological study by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Gabaldon ...
, said Ma. Belinda de la Paz, chief executive officer of Haribon.
Mount Mingan News
As one of the paramount peaks in the Sierra Madre range, the 1903-meter Mt. Mingan (sometimes pronounced minggan) has always been high on many mountaineers lists. I had long been attracted by its mere existence on the Philippine map and in 2015 actually hiked the mountain via Davil-davilan, reaching Camp 6 in an ocular climb up a mountain that didn't really have an existing trail to the summit at the time. Since then, mountaineers have made great progress in charting the peak - and one of them (Mel Solis et al.) has published a trip report in Pinoy Mountaineer detailing their hike.
Let me start this with a quotation:
"Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing." Barry Finlay And so we did. End of story. Char!
Each mountain has their own signature embedded with interesting and memorable stories. Some mountains have similar terrains and trail types but youll never have the same experience. It is not a secret that I have climbed quite a number of mountains now from Luzon down to the Visayas, but never in Mindanao yet. Not until last December when I got to step on the land of Maguindanao. Mt. Minandar was actually the first mountain in Mindanao that I climbed. The mountain was quite new to my hearing if not for the suggestion of my friend during our planning stage for our SOCCSKSARGEN trip.
The idea for this Mt. Mingan exploration just come across my mind after the declaration of special non-working holiday in Metro Manila on dates April 27-28, 2017 due to ASEAN summit, making the 3-days long weekend (because of May 1 Labor Day) stretched to 5 days that made me think of a multi-day adventure.
After nearly three years in the Third Reading, the ordinance that establishes the 8,227 hectares of forest land in Gabaldon as an area for conservation and wildlife protection (a.k.a. Critical Habitats) moves closer to its passage as law as a result of community negotiations.
In 2014, environmental group Haribon Foundation confirmed in an expedition the sightings of an adult pair and a juvenile Philippine Eagle in the Mingan mountains. Since then, consultations with stakeholders have been done to develop sustainable solutions that will protect the home of Philippine Eagles in Luzon.
The mayors of three municipalities surrounding Mount Mingan in Nueva Ecija recently signed a covenant to increase protections for the Philippine Eagle habitat, the Haribon Foundation announced.
Mayors Rolando S. Bue of Gabaldon Nueva Ecija, Sherwin H. Taay of Dingalan, Aurora, and Mariano S. Tangcon of San Luis, Aurora signed an agreement to restrict certain activities and promote proper management of production zones to protect the biodiversity found in this central part of Sierra Madre in response to illegal forest activities around Mt. Mingan, a protected area that is a habitat for the e ...