August 14, 2020 -- The Protected Area Management Board of Mount Timolan Protected Landscape celebrated the 20th Proclamation Anniversary of the protected area with a program and tree-planting activity in Lake Maragang Rainforest Park with the theme, “Dalawang Dekadang Pangangalaga ng Inang Kalikasan: Ang bukal ng buhay at Likas na Yaman”.
DENR IX Regional Executive Director and Chair of the MTPL PAMB Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said that like all other legislated Protected Areas (PAs) under RA 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018, Mount Timolan PL will be establishing and staffing the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) as well as the construction of its office building.
The PAMO is created specifically for the conservation, protection, management and development of E-NIPAS protected areas. This would also create employment opportunities for Filipinos nationwide.
RED Rodriguez added that various activities being conducted in Mount Timolan PL such as biodiversity monitoring, eco-tourism, etc. complement the legal status of the MTPL as a legislated protected area under RA 11038.
To help ensure the safety of tourists, Tigbao Mayor, Hon. Eleazar C. Carcallas and Mr. Abdon Sugabo, Jr., who represented Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor J. Yu, both expressed their commitment in looking for funds for the continuation of concrete motor lane from the barangay road in Limas, Tigbao to the ecotourism site in Lake Maragang.
Other activities during the celebration include biodiversity conservation lectures and the conduct of a MTPL PAMB Meeting.
On August 14, 2000, Presidential Proclamation No. 354 declared Mount Timolan situated in the municipalities of Lapuyan, Guipos, San Miguel and Tigbao in Zamboanga del Sur as Mount Timolan Protected Landscape pursuant to RA 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992.