Olango Wildlife Sanctuary

Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Olango Wildlife Bird Sanctuary located in Olango Island, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu, is a major refueling station for approximately 40,000 migratory birds. It is located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. The 1,030 hectare of sandflats and mangroves is a haven for the birds that come from Siberia, Northern China and Japan.

These birds flock to the island seeking refuge fro ...

m the winter climate of these countries. Olango Wildlife Sanctuary supports the largest concentration of migratory birds found so far in the Philippines. There are 97 species of birds in Olango, 48 of which are migratory species, while the rest are resident birds of the island.

The Philippine Dept of Environment and Natural Resources has been tasked to protect and manage the area. A sanctuary office has been established in the area. The Olango Wildlife Sanctuary office also serves as a jump-off point for birdwatching in the reserve.

Olango Island Wildlife Bird Sanctuary News

  • World Wetlands Day

    Last February 2 was World Wetlands Day.

    Numerous activities throughout the world were observed to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar City in Iran. The covenant, also known as the Ramsar Convention, was passed way back on February 2, 1971, but it was only during the past years when it was getting more attention.

    Today, the World Wetlands Day is one of the important conservation events in the country. The Philippines is a signatory to this international treaty.

    The convention provides a broad definition of wetlands, which include lakes, rivers, underground ...

  • Olango Island Marine Wildlife Sanctuary Travel Guide

    Olango Island Marine Wildlife Sanctuary Travel Guide

    Olango Island is part of a group of islands in Cebu Province. The island group is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Cordova and Lapu-Lapu City. It is a major tourist destination of Cebu known for its wildlife sanctuary and is only 5 kilometers east of Mactan Island.

  • Study On Olango Wildlife Sanctuary Recommends Policies On Conservation

    A study conducted by the School of Environmental Science and Management (Sesam) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) uncovers the impact of urbanization on the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, Cebu.

    The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) located in Metro Cebu, a 5,800-hectare of low-lying areas of intertidal sandflats, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and islets, was proclaimed a wildlife sanctuary under Proclamation 903 in 1992.

    However, urbanization, specifically coastal development, population pressure and the availability of livelihood and employment have ...

  • Senate OKs Bill Increasing Number Of PH Protected Areas

    Senate OKs Bill Increasing Number Of PH Protected Areas

    The Senate on Monday approved a bill that expanded the number of protected areas in the country.

    Senate Bill No. 1444, or the "Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017" was approved on third and final hearing with 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and zero abstention.

    It would bring 92 new areas, including six internationally-recognized natural sites, under the protection and management of the country's landmark National Integrated and Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.

    The bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992, in order "to include more areas and to ensure greater ...

  • DENR Urges Public Protect Mangrove

    DENR Urges Public Protect Mangrove

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-7 has called on the public to continue protecting the mangrove plantations on Olango Island in Lapu-Lapu City as part of the observance of the Earth Month.

    DENR-7 Director Emma Melana has urged coastal communities to help in protecting the mangroves and participate in the maintenance as these provide shelter for local and migratory wildlife species and serve as roosting and foraging grounds.

    "We want to make sure that our coastal areas are maintained by conducting a regular mangrove planting, and maintenance, and coastal cleanup by enli ...

  • Villar Pushes Devt Of MMs Vital Wetland

    Villar Pushes Devt Of MMs Vital Wetland

    Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday cited the importance of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA) as a bird sanctuary and mangrove site on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the habitat's designation as a Wetland of International Importance.

    "We don't have to go out of Metro Manila for a place where we could commune with nature. Here is an internationally recognized place, where one can go bird-watching in a setting where diverse species of trees and mangrove thrive," Villar, who chairs the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, said in a ...