Pasonanca Natural Park and Watershed

Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur

The Pasonanca Natural Park is a protected area that preserves a major watershed in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao in the Zamboanga Peninsula. It contains the headwaters of the Tumaga River in the southern Zamboanga Cordillera mountain range that serves the water requirements of some 800,000 residents in Zamboanga City. It was named after the village of Pasonanca located in the city's n ...

orthern fringes where the Pasonanca Park, a public eco-park, and the Abong-Abong Park, a pilgrimage site, can also be found.

The natural park is managed as part of the Philippines' National Integrated Protected Areas System. It was initially established in 1987 as the Pasonanca Watershed Forest Reserve encompassing an initial area of 10,560 hectares (26,100 acres) declared through Proclamation No. 199 issued by President Corazon Aquino. In 1999, through Proclamation No. 132 issued by President Joseph Estrada, the park was enlarged and reclassified as a natural park. It has the largest remaining block of old growth lowland dipterocarp forest in Zamboanga.  Wiki

Pasonanca Natural Park and Watershed News

  • Zamboanga City DENR, USAID Forge Partnership

    The partnership of Zamboanga City Government with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expected to boost the development of Sta. Cruz Island and Pasonanca Natural Park as protected areas and ecotourism sites.

    Wilbur Dee, a Biodiversity Conservation advisor to USAIDs Protect WildLife project, said the partnership aims to develop the management plan of Sta. Cruz Island as it has already expired.

    "There are lots of things that need to be updated to provide a solid set of management prescriptions for ...

  • Zamboanga City Joins Arbor Day

    ALL is set for the observance of the Arbor Day on Sunday, June 25, in the city.

    Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salzar said the Arbor Day activity will kick off at 7 a.m., which will be participated by thousands of people coming from the different sectors.

    Salazar said it will be highlighted by the massive planting of trees at Sitio Canucutan at the Pasonanca Natural Park.

    Some 3,000 tree seedlings of different species will be planted in over a hectare area at the designated planting site at the Pasonanca Natural Park, which is part of this city's watershed. The park cover ...

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  • Pasonanca Watershed Soon To Be Declared Protected Area

    Pasonanca Watershed Soon To Be Declared Protected Area

    The House Committee on Environment has approved House Bill 124, declaring the Pasonanca watershed forest reserve here as a "protected area" under the category of natural park.

    This was disclosed by Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat, who hailed the approval of the bill at the committee level and expressed confidence that it will breeze through the plenary in the House, as well as the Senate.

    Lobregat said that once HB 124 is passed into law, the Pasonanca natural park will become a protected area and will be provided with the necessary funding by the national government for its preservat ...

  • Rep Lobregat Files Bill Seeking To Make Pasonanca Watershed A Protected Area

    Rep Lobregat Files Bill Seeking To Make Pasonanca Watershed A Protected Area

    District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat has filed House Bill 124 seeking to declare a Pasonanca Watershed Forest Reserve as a protected area under the category of natural park and providing for its management.

    The bill intends to establish the Pasonanca Watershed Forest Reserve in Zamboanga City as a Protected area under the category of natural Park and its peripheral areas as buffer zones providing for its management, and for other purposes.

    Authored by Lobregat, the bill was docketed at the House of Representatives for the crafting and approval of the members of the 17th Congress in the ...

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