PROTECTED AREAS
Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL)

Even school children know about the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape. As early as elementary school, they have studied about the volcano from their textbooks, seen it from postcards and posters and learned about its characteristics from their teachers.

Known for its scenic view, the TVPL which is shared by the municipalities of Talisay, Malvar, Tanauan, Laurel, Agoncillo, Sta. Teresita, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Mataas na Kahoy, Lipa City, Balete, San Nicolas, Lemery and Taal in Batangas, and Tagaytay City in Cavite, is a must see for Calabarzon travelers, both local and foreign.

Because of the great volcano-tectonic depressions of the world, the volcano was formed and has been one of the lowest active volcanoes in the world. It is a world-famous island known for its magnificent view.

Among the striking characteristics of Taal Lake and Volcano Island is the presence of circular and conical hills, the most prominent of which is the Crater Lake, which occupies the central portion of the Volcano Island.

Other circular features are depressions and indentations along the shorelines of Taal Lake, which were produced by explosive eruptions. Other prominent landmarks of the Volcano Island are volcanic hills, known as Binintiang Malaki, Binintiang Munti and Pira-piraso. These volcanic hills are headlands protruding into the lake.

As of 2005, the community monitoring teams in the TVPL sighted 32 bird species common in the area. Some of these species which are endemic to the country are the White-eared brown dove, Elegant tit, Philippine tailor bird, Grey-backed tailorbird, Philippine bulbul, Philippine pygmy woodpecker and Stripe-headed rhabdornis. Reptiles include the freshwater seasnake (Hydrophis semperi) -- a species that is one of the only few snakes of its type that breeds in freshwater and is the only known freshwater sea snake in the Philippines. All available information indicates that it is found only in the waters of Lake Taal.—as well as duhol and the bayawak (Monitor lizard).

The Lake is home to different kinds of fish species. Common species found in the lake are Tawilis, Maliputo, Tilapia, Bangus, Hito, Dalag, Biya and Ayungin.

With these developments, the site has been classified under the category of “Extremely High Urgent” for biodiversity conservation based on the results of the National Biodiversity Conservation Priority Setting Project jointly undertaken by the DENR-PAWB, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and Conservation International-Philippines. As one of the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) of the Philippines, it holds the #27 spot among the 128 KBAs for priority protection due to its extremely valuable biological resources and extremely high socio- economic pressure on resource the area.

Current measures being undertaken include habitat restoration, stricter enforcement of rules and ordinances, improved solid waste management, disaster preparedness, database management as well as database management.

A Phivolcs monitoring station also exists within the protected landscape. It is specifically located in Talisay, Batangas.

ACTIVITIES

The TVPL serves as tourism center and watershed area of the surrounding municipalities.

A variety of activities are available to tourists in the surrounding areas picnics, boat riding, horseback riding, ziplining, cable car rides as well as day tours to the crater.

The Park in itself is a potential site for scientific research like volcanic activity and geologic features of the area.

GETTING THERE

It is approximately 95 kilometers south of Manila and can be reached by land for about 2 hours. Taal Volcano can be reached either via Talisay on the northern shore of Taal Lake or San Nicolas in the Southwest. Both are serviced by commercial bus either from Manila, Tanauan and Lemery. In Talisay or San Nicolas, motorized bancas can be hired to ferry visitors in the island volcano.

From Manila, the fastest route takes one and half hours. Those who prefer to pass through the historic places of Cavite can have a panoramic view of the volcano island and later, take a side trip via Tagaytay City. The City is situated on a 650 m high ridge overlooking Taal Lake and has offered a wide array of resorts, hotels, motels and picnic groves. From Tagaytay, there is a concrete zigzag road going to Talisay.


CONTACT

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

The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB):
Members - 139

The EXECOM is represented by the following:
  • Mayors-16
  • ABC Chairmen-8
  • Provincial Planning Development Officer-1
  • Representative from BFAR-Tanauan Office-1
  • Representative from Pusod inc. (NGO)-1
  • Kapisanan ng MAliliit na Mangingisda ngTaal (fisherfolks group)-1
  • University of Batangas (Academe)-1
  • Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance Inc .or TLAAI (NGO)-1
  • Phivolcs (DOST)- 1
Victor H. Mercado - Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), TVPL
CENRO Batangas City
Capitol Building, Batangas City
Contact No. (043)723-4084/722-0883