Mount Gatong

Brooke's Point, Palawan

Mount Gatong is located in Brooke's Point, Palawan. The Gantong range is endowed with the same richness of biological diversity and endemism found in the recently proclaimed Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Area, the best recognized biodiversity hot spot in southern Palawan.

The Gantong range is also the ancestral territory of vulnerable and isolated indigenous Palawan communities whose ...

members are not yet listed in the municipal and national census. These watershed areas provide potable water for the local communities and irrigation for the lowland wet-rice farmers.

Mount Gatong Range News

  • Cuttlefish Mating Rivals Around Gato Island Jan 2015

    This encounter of three male rivals and one female took place during one of my dives around Gato Island on January 13, 2015.

  • Palawan palm oil presence likely to grow industry rep denies harmful impact

    Plans to convert eight million hectares of land for palm oil production on Palawan island in the Philippines have been met with opposition from environmental and social advocacy groups, with a petition to cease development sent to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights by an anti-palm oil expansion group. But an industry representative denies claims that all eight million hectares will be cultivated to the detriment of wildlife and human communities, maintaining palm oil expansion will be beneficial to the people of Palawan.

    The current oil palm expansion project is overseen by Pala ...

  • Petition Stop the palm oil rush in Palawan

    The proposal to convert further 8 million hectares of Philippine soil into oil palm plantations made headlines across the country and shed a harsh light on how Philippine authorities imagine their country's development. Call on the Governor of Palawan to save the Palawan Man and Biosphere Reserve!

    Palawan, also known as the 'Philippines' Last Frontier', is witnessing one of the largest-ever conversions of land into oil palm estates. Existing industrial-scale plantations have already inflicted irreparable damage to precious environments and to the livelihoods of hundreds of communities.


  • Action Alert Mining Threat in Palawan

    The Palawan live in the south of Palawan Island in the Philippines, both in the mountainous interior and in the lowlands.

    There are around 40,000 Palawan in total. Some of those in the interior are very isolated and have little contact with outsiders.

    The Palawan are shifting cultivators, clearing a small area of forest and growing food on it before moving on and allowing the forest to regenerate.

    They grow upland rice, which they believe has a 'human-like personality'. They also collect honey and hunt wild pigs.

    'The rocks are the bones of the land, the trees are the hairs. When t ...

  • Petition Please support Palawans Indigenous Peoples against mining

    Petition posted by Rainforest Rescue and ALDAW, closed May 23, 2014 with 2,493 signatures.

    Last week 30 "fake tribal leaders", so-called Tribal Chieftains, went to Manila (Philippines' Capital City) in order to express their support for MacroAsia Mining Corporation (MAC), despite opposition from the majority of the Indigenous Peoples of Palawan's Brooke's Point Municipality. These so call Tribal Chieftains have been appointed by NCIP to favour The MacroAsia Corporation (MAC), owned by multi-billionaire Lucio Tan.

    According to official information, NCIP will convene a meeting from 15th to ...

  • Statement of Support to the 16th August 2013 Inter Agency Meeting on Palm Oil in Palawan

    Calling for a moratorium on palm oil plantation expansion in ancestral domains, forest areas, agricultural lands. Alyansa Tigil Mina, a coalition of more than 100 orgs that is challenging the current policy regime on mining in the country, supports this initiative and to discuss the many concerns of the proliferation of palm oil plantations in Palawan.

    We are one with Indigenous People's (IPs) call against this developmental aggression. This does not only undermine the rights of the Indigenous cultural communities to land and development, as stated in the United Stations Declaration of Righ ...