Mayon Volcano is the country’s most active volcano, and continues to draw public awe and admiration because of its perfect cone. It forms part of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) mandated under Republic Act No. 7586.
- Mayon Volcano is the country’s most active volcano, having erupted for more than 50 times in the past 400 years. Yet, it continues to draw public awe and admiration because of its perfect cone.
- It is the center of the Mayon Volcano Natural Park declared under Proclamation No. 413 issued by President Joseph Estrada on Nov. 21, 2000.
- The Mayon Volcano Natural Park covers a total area of 5,458.55 hectares, straddling the municipalities of Bacacay, Malilipot Sto. Domingo, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, and the cities of Tabaco, Legazpi and Ligao, all in Albay province.
- The Mayon Volcano Natural Park is one of 17 protected areas declared in the Bicol Region (Region 5), forming part of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) as mandated under Republic Act No. 7586, series of June 1992.
- Under RA 7586, protected areas are classified into eight categories, namely: Strict Nature Reserve, Natural Park, Natural Monument, Wildlife Sanctuary, Protected Landscape, Resource Reserve, Natural Biotic Area and other categories that may established by law, international agreements or conventions.
- Records of DENR’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) indicate that the country now has a total of 239 protected areas, covering a total area of 5.19 million hectares.
- Of the total number of PAs, 111(82 terrestrial + 29 marine) have already been formally proclaimed under NIPAS, covering a total area of 3.53 million hectares.
For more information about Philippine protected areas, click here (PAWB website: http://pawb.gov.ph/)