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National Parks Division (npd)

The National Parks Division shall formulate, review and recommend policies, strategies, plans and programs for the management and development of terrestrial protected areas as well as the local communities pursuant to the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (RA 7586); develop standards on tenurial instruments, ecotourism program including buffer zone; conduct policy-related studies and provide technical assistance for the management of terrestrial protected areas, as well as local communities and indigenous peoples within and around these Protected Areas (PAs) and Buffer Zones (BZ); develop and undertake capacity building programs; update and maintain data and information on PAs under NIPAS; and perform other functions that may be assigned by higher authority.

Protected Area Resources Management and Protection Section

  • Develop an integrated program/master plan for the Philippine protected areas system;
  • Formulate and recommend policies, guidelines, strategies, plans and programs governing the management and protection of the bio-physical resources of terrestrial protected areas under NIPAS;
  • Review and recommend terrestrial areas for establishment or disestablishment as protected area under NIPAS;
  • Recommend systems and procedures for assessment, monitoring and reporting of bio-physical resources within protected areas;
  • Develop and implement capacity building programs on the effective management and protection of terrestrial protected areas;
  • Provide technical assistance to DENR field offices on the management of the biophysical resources of terrestrial protected areas;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of polices, plans and programs on the management and protection of the national protected areas system and component terrestrial protected areas;
  • Support the preparation and implementation of communications, education and public awareness program for the management and protection of terrestrial protected areas;
  • Provide inputs to the protected area database; and,
  • Perform other functions as may be assigned.

Community Management and Sustainable Financing Section

  • Formulate and recommend policies, guidelines, plans and programs on community management including conduct of SEAMS, issuance of tenurial instruments and PACBRMA in terrestrial protected areas and their buffer zones;
  • Develop and recommend strategies and mechanisms for the sustainable financing of the national protected areas system;
  • Recommend strategies, standards, systems and procedures for promoting sustainable use of biodiversity resources in terrestrial protected areas and their buffer zones;
  • Formulate polices, standards, systems and procedures for ecotourism development including provisions and maintenance of facilities and infrastructures within protected areas;
  • Provide technical assistance to DENR field offices in the implementation of plans and programs related to community-based resource management and sustainable financing mechanisms within protected areas and their buffer zones;
  • Develop and implement capacity building programs on community management, ecotourism development and sustainable financing;
  • Support the preparation and implementation of communications, education and public awareness program on community management and ecotourism development in terrestrial protected areas and their buffer zones;
  • Monitor and evaluate implementation of policies, plans and programs on community management, ecotourism development and sustainable financing in terrestrial PAs and their BZ;
  • Provide inputs to the protected area database; and,
  • Perform other functions as may be assigned.