Lake Sebu

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the sleepy Lake Sebu, as seen from the hilltop        Recognized as one of the most important watershed areas in the country, the 92,450-ha landscape was proclaimed as a Protected Landscape on 24 September 1985. The purpose of the proclamation was primarily to protect the area from further degradation.

       The entire protected area consists of many small streams, creeks, rivers, and springs. Lake Sebu is one of the water bodies that provide irrigation water for rice lands throughout the provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

       The reserve area boasts a large number of human population. Two leading tribal peoples, the T’boli and the Ubo, make their home on and around Lake Sebu for centuries. Although the T’bolis are known for their skill in weaving and making brassware, the main sources of livelihood are fishing and farming. Roughly half of the land within the watershed is under cultivation.

       Despite of the human presence, wildlife is still commonly observed. Communities of birds such as Philippine cockatoos, swallows, kingfishers, kites, herons, and egrets have made their permanent homes in the area. Philippine deer and wild pig are still seen but are extremely rare and considered endangered.

       To protect this vital resource, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is undergoing reforestation in open lands and grasslands within the protected area. A bamboo plantation was also established in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Other conservation efforts are being explored involving all members of the communities within the area so that sustained development can continue without undue damage to Lake Sebu.

..a very cozy island home   Hikong Alo Waterfalls LAKE SEBU
Protected Landscape (Proclamation No. 2455)
Date Established : 14 September 1985
Location :  Provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
Habitat  :  forest and wetland
Area :  92,450 hectares

Source: Our Nature Heritage
- The Protected Areas of the Philippines
Published by: Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  Philippine Airlines Foundation, Inc.
  Foundation for the Philippine Environment