TOURISM PLAN FOR NINOY AQUINO PARKS AND WILDLIFE CENTER
The Philippines is one of the dream destinations for many ecotourists all over the world. Enveloped within an otherworldly landscape of sea and jungle, where large number of magnificent floras and faunas can be found, it truly is one of the few places of its kind. In that, it contains all of the major ecosystems that warm weather or tropical tourists look for when deciding on a vacation spot. It could be argued that pretty much all of the Philippines can be considered Ecotourism destinations, however, we are living in a modern time where technological and environmental changes brought impact on many ecotourism sites countrywide.
Metro Manila has been said to be populated but it’s great to know that government and local NGO’s are making ways to maintain and provide the needs of some ecosites in the region. Quezon City is an urban area, an image of a modern city, located in the National Capital Region, dubbed as the “City of Stars” and “New York City of the Asia-Pacific”, thus making it the busiest city in Metro Manila, but despite of it, there are some places in Quezon City that offers a green ambiance and provides venue for relaxation and nature tripping. It also shelter for some natural parks including the “La Mesa Eco Park” and “Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center”.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) is located at Brgy. Central District 4 Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. It is a haven for young and old nature lovers. Traces its beginning as a portion of the 197.8 hectares Quezon Memorial Park (QMP) which was covered under Proclamation No. 42 dated July 5, 1954. With the issuance of Proclamations Nos. 481 and 616 respectively, the parks area was reduce 64.58 hectares. The larger areas were allocated for Phil. Science High School and the National Government Center which was later developed as the areas occupied by the Central Bank of the Philippines, Lung Center, Kidney Center and Lungsod ng Kabataan (Children’s Hospital). To date, the NAPWC covers only 24 hectares. The park was inaugurated and opened to the public on July 25, 1970 by late President Ferdinand Marcos and the Vice President Fernando Lopez. On July 1982, the park was temporary closed to the public for renovation in an effort to provide facilities/infrastructures. It was in this period when the craft village cottage, fishing village, amphitheater and comfort rooms were constructed. Also, the water and lighting system facilities were installed. It was reopened to the public on February 21, 1983 named Lungsod ng Kabataan Recreational Park. In 1986, it was renamed Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in honor of the late Senator by virtue of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Administrative Order No. 4 series of 1986. After the government reorganization in 1987, the park was placed under the administration of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) a staff of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) responsible for the protection of the area management and wildlife conservation. In May 25, 2000, it was disestablished as protected area and shall be known as DENR-Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center by virtue of Proclamation No. 312. On August 21, 2002, the name was changed to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center by virtue of Proclamation No. 238. At present, NAPWC is under the management and administration of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau – DENR by virtue of Proclamation No. 723 on October 25, 2004 by President Arroyo. Said proclamation established the park as a protected area and a component of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).
NAPWC houses several indigenous plants and trees. It is used by DENR as temporary shelter where confiscated, retrieved, donated, sick, abandoned and injured wild animals are placed to be taken care of such as Tigers, Alligators, Monkeys, Deer, Water...