Mount Siburan Reserve

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Mt. Siburan Forest Reserve lies within the Brgys. Batong-buhay, Ligaya, Malisbong and Burgos within the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and covers approximately 11,569 hectares. It flanks the southwest portion of the Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park and also overlaps with the boundaries of the F.B. Harrison Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary.

Mt. Siburan is also the sanctuary o ...

f a very rich biodiversity. Mindoro Hornbill (Penelopides mindorensis) and Mindoro Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba platenae) which are both Mindoro-endemic species, are among the numerous wildlife that find refuge in Mt. Siburan. According to the indigenous peoples, the Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) also comes into its forests. Because of this, Mt. Siburan was recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the 117 Important Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in the Philippines.

Mount Siburan Forest Reserve News

  • Haribon Helping Protect Mindoro Bleeding-Heart Pigeon

    Mount Siburan in the Philippines is considered one of the worlds most critical biodiversity areas. Located in Sablayan, it is the largest tract of lowland forest in Mindoro and home to several species which can only be found in this province such as the critically-endangered Mindoro Bleeding-Heart pigeon.

    The Mindoro Bleeding-Hearts wounded appearance does not stray far from its true plight with about 400 left in the wild. This was mainly caused by the loss of habitat from deforestation.

    With only a patch of primary forests left in the Philippines, what remains of the Bleeding-Heart pige ...

  • Philippine Bleeding Heart Doves Flutter At The Brink But NGOs Respond

    Philippine Bleeding Heart Doves Flutter At The Brink But NGOs Respond

    The 7,100 islands of the Philippine Republic, scattered across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, teem with life. The entire nation is a recognized biodiversity hotspot ??" rated among the 17 most mega-biodiverse countries in the world ??" with rainforests, volcanic mountain ranges and tropical waters known for species found nowhere else on the planet.

    The archipelago's isolation for millions of years, and its wide variety of habitats has contributed to speciation across the island chain's 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 square miles) of land area.

    Species such as the Philippine e ...

  • A Tale Of A Bird Guide

    A Tale Of A Bird Guide

    One of the country's last lowland forest frontiers, Mt. Siburan in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, is a sanctuary for thriving biodiversity. Its base is home of the most unlikely guardians as there lies the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm (SPPF). The vast land houses more than 3,000 inmates, some from National Bibilid Prison for decongestion purposes.

    Out of these inmates, a group was trained by Haribon Foundation to become bird guides. One, who is called Charlie (not his real name), is still active in service. Incarcerated in 2006, he was chosen by the SPPF management to help around the offic ...

  • Partnering With IPs To Save Biodiversity In Occidental Mindoro

    Partnering With IPs To Save Biodiversity In Occidental Mindoro

    Since the Biodiversity Partnerships Project's (BPP) formal launch in November 21, 2012, partner national organizations such as Haribon Foundation is coordinating with the implementing head, the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Foundation is responding through cohesive method to enable and facilitate policies at the municipal and national levels while empowering the Local Government Unit's (LGU) capability to include biodiversity conservation in local development planning.

    Haribon is the Responsible Partner (RP) for BPP i ...

  • Forest Restoration A Humble Beginning

    Forest Restoration A Humble Beginning

    Among the seven sub-tribes of the Mangyans, the Alangan is a small community of indigenous people (IP) who try in their simple ways to protect the forest, their ancestral land. They reside in Sitio Pandurocan, Barangay Pag-asa in the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Near the community is the Pandurocan Falls, which is frequently visited by locals to bath in the cold water.

    It is also where the Mindoro Pine Forest is located, dubbed as the little Baguio in Mindoro because of its cold temperature.

    Amidst the beauty of the place is the threat to the forest and biodiversity. Man ...

  • 18 species sighted for the first time in Mindoro

    18 species sighted for the first time in Mindoro

    A number of animal species are sighted anew in several areas in Mindoro, two of which are documented for the first time in the Philippines.

    Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) recorded 18 new animal species at Apo Reef Natural Park in Mt. Siburan, Naujan Lake National Park, Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ilin Island.

    The discoveries??"including one snake, three bats, three fish and 11 birds??"were revealed during the launch of New Faunal Species Records in Mindoro last January.

    The birds sighted were Oriental Cuckoo, Barred Rail, Pacific Golden Plover, Orie ...