The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) , one of the seven legislated protected areas in Eastern Visayas, approved two research studies to be conducted within the protected area. The first study was proposed by the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School to collect water samples from the Mahagnao Lake in order to identify phytoplankton organisms that abound in the area. According to the researchers, the presence of these microorganisms indicate the water quality of the lake aside from its importance to the ecosystem. The realization of the study would translate to better preservation efforts for the Mahagnao lake.
Also approved for implementation is the proposal to identify the diverse butterfly species in different vegetation types within the protected area by the Grade-12 students from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus. The result of their study would produce a butterfly catalogue, among others, for the benefit of the visitors.
“The research proposals to be implemented in MVNP would serve as baseline for future studies as part of our efforts to come up with science-based information and decisions to continuously protect and conserve the protected area”, says DENR RVIII Regional Executive Director Arturo Fadriquela.