PROTECTED AREAS
Buenavista Protected Landscape

The Buenavista Protected Landscape (BPL), formerly known as the Buenavista Watershed Forest Reserve is among the major ecotourism draws of the province of Quezon.

The BPL, which was proclaimed by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 294 as a protected landscape under the NIPAS, spawns 284.27 hectares of land.

The area, situated at Barangay Buenavista, Mulanay, Quezon, is composed of grassland, patches of secondary-growth forest and coconut land. The areas of the grassland are covered/dominated by Cogon (Imperata cylindrica) and Talahib (Saccharum spontaneum). Hilly areas are mostly covered with seedlings and saplings of Kakawate, Ipil-ipil, Hauili and other forestry pioneer species.

Wildlife including monitor lizards, wild cats, hornbills, owls, wild doves, and bats make their home among the trees and caves in the BPL.

Climate is relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.

While most residents stay in the barrio near the Landscape, there are around seven families who live within the area.

Currently, there is an interim Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) in the area who acts as the governing body that conducts quarterly meeting to discuss matters relating to conservation and protection of the area. Collection of protected area user’s fee is one of the sources of fund for the protected area coming from two telecommunication facilities, SMART Communications and the Digitel Mobile Philippines.

ACTIVITIES

Environmentalists and hikers are bound to be interested in the rich biodiversity in the area, as well as caves and burial grounds that are subject to study by interested PL visitors.

GETTING THERE

There is no land transportation or other means of transportation reaching the area from the town proper of Mulanay, Quezon but the area can be reached through hiking or animal back riding.

BPL is approximately three kilometers from Mulanay town proper, eight kilometers from Sitio Tarangka and 282 kilometers southwest of Manila.

CONTACT

Reynulfo Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENR-Region 4-A (CALABARZON)
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500

Juanito Doria – Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), BPL
Address: CENRO Catanauan, Quezon
Contact No. (042) 315-8236

The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB)