A validation activity by the UPLB-Museum of Natural History team confirmed that the purple vine is the newly discovered S. juagonzalezii, a close family member of the Jade Vine. Masungi Georeserve is now the fourth area to confirm its occurrence after the species was discovered in 2015. Strongylodon (Fabaceae) was described as a genus in 1836 by Julius Rudolph Theodor Vogel. Its name is derived from the Greek words “strongylos” meaning ‘round’ and “odontos” means ‘toothlike’, referring to the rounded teeth of the calyx. There are 14 species of Strongylodon presently recognized in the world. Seven species can be found... View Article
Masungi Georeserve Foundation (MGFI) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy, have signed a partnership to grow and preserve the Philippines’ endangered native and premium tree species in the vicinity of the georeserve. Masungi Georeserve will be a safe haven for the unimpeded growth of these future mother trees and ensure their long-term survival for generations to come. The partnership will also allow guests and community members of Masungi Georeserve to appreciate these vanishing species and contribute to their preservation. The partnership is part of EDC’s “Tree for the Future” module under “BINHI: Let... View Article
Fifteen locals from Masungi’s surrounding communities have successfully completed a three-day training at the De La Salle – College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) focused on upgrading the quality of their native food delicacies. The training aims to help the participants harness business opportunities brought by ecotourism potential in their communities.
We condemn the landgrabbing and political harassment committed against Masungi, a place dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of our natural heritage. It is unfortunate that just when public interest went up in the past few months, so did the interest of local public officials, led by Mayor Tanjuatco, and private individuals who have no concern for the environment. None of them have lifted a finger to stop the rampant cutting of trees and hunting of wildlife, nor planted a single tree, picked up a single piece of trash or built a single compost pile in Masungi. To us,... View Article
The conspirators can twist their stories but the truth will always come out. On October 2015, a man in the conservation area was case caught red-handed by our park rangers for illegally cutting trees with a chainsaw. The man was turned over to the Tanay Police but for reasons known only to them, he was released. This is despite the fact that he should have been arrested for illegal possession of an unlicensed chainsaw and illegal logging. Further traces of illegal logging were found in areas still left unsecured. This prompted the conservator to fence off the perimeter... View Article