In a Facebook post on February 27, Masungi Georeserve shared photos of a portion of the site that has been blocked off by barbed wires by a quarry company.
The Masungi Georeserve said in its post: “The area is part of the Upper Marikina Watershed and the proposed Masungi Strict Nature Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary where extractive activities are banned.”
According to a report from CNN Philippines, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited the Masungi Georeserve on March 3. There, he saw the barbed wires on trees that were placed by Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation.
In a Facebook post, the DENR said that the environment secretary has “vowed to close down the quarry and cancel the multiple mineral production sharing agreements that have been issued in the protected area and reforestation site.”
According to the DENR, the Masungi Georeserve area covers 3,000 hectares of land in Baras, Rizal. Environmental advocates have been pushing to protect and conserve the area for over 15 years.
In a later Facebook post, the Masungi Georeserve lauded the government for taking the appropriate action. They wrote: “Together with everyone who has expressed their support, we will #SaveMasungi from quarrying and other destructive activities! This is a win for everyone!”
The Masungi Georeserve is a popular tourist spot that is known for its unique and refreshing take on hiking. Visitors can opt to choose the Legacy Trail, which focuses on reforestation, as well as the Discovery Trail, which features rope courses and a hanging bridge.
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