Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park
The Kitanglad Range dominates the north-central portion of the Bukidnon Plateau in Region 10. It falls within the political jurisdiction of the seven (7) municipalities and one city, namely: Lantapan, Impasugong, Sumilao, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Baungon, Talakag and Malaybalay City. It covers a total land area of 47,270 hectares and plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of North and Central Mindanao.
- Protected Area = 31,236 ha.
- Buffer Zone = 16,034 ha.
- Cognizant of its importance, the Sangguniang Bayan of Sumilao initiated Mt. Kitanglad’s proclamation as a national Park through Resolution No. 32, S. 1989. On December 14, 1990, it was established as a National Park by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 677.
- Presidential Proclamation No. 896 dated October 24, 1996, declared certain parcels of land of the public domain covering Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and its peripheral areas as bufferzone.
- Republic Act 8978 otherwise known as Mt. Kitanglad Protected Area Act of 2000 declared Mt. Kitanglad as full pledged protected area.
MKRNP is managed by empowered local communities and indigenous peoples enjoying security of tenure, and engaged in ecologically sound livelihoods to ensure biodiversity conservation, in partnership with government and a public which has internalized conservation values and respects cultural integrity.
- Implement the Mt. Kitanglad Act.
- Ensure the protection and conservation of flora and fauna and their habitats.
- Ensure that the PAMB and PA staff are effective and efficient and equipped with adequate knowledge and skills.
- Ensure optimum stakeholder participation.
- Implement livelihood opportunities appropriate to the site and consistent with the concept of sustainable development.
- Ensure that qualified communities enjoy security of tenure.
- Promote strong public and external support for protected area management.
- Develop sustainable financing mechanisms to sustain the implementation of protected area programs.
For more information, please visit the Mt. Kitanglad website: www.mkrnp.org