THIS WEEK’S MILE­STONES

Dec. 9 to Dec. 15

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS -

Dec. 11, 2009

Mounts Bana­haw and San Cris­to­bal were de­clared pro­tected ar­eas un­der the cat­e­gory pro­tected land­scape by virtue of Repub­lic Act No. 9847 signed by then Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo. The law, called “Mounts Bana­haw-San Cris­to­bal Pro­tected Land­scape,” en­sures the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of these ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly the forests and their rich bio­di­ver­sity. Mt. Bana­haw in the prov­inces of La­guna and Que­zon, and San Cris­to­bal in Que­zon cover 10,784 hectares and 10,900 ha, re­spec­tively. The whole area is a crit­i­cal wa­ter­shed that drains into La­guna de Bay and Tayabas Bay. In March 2004, the moun­tains were or­dered closed for five years due to the dis­cov­ery of high con­cen­tra­tions of co­l­iform bac­te­ria in the moun­tain’s wa­ter and the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of garbage, equiv­a­lent to 90 tons ev­ery year that were traced to tourists and trekkers. It was closed again for an­other three years un­til 2012.

Dec. 10, 1941

The Amer­i­can naval base in Cavite prov­ince was bombed by Ja­panese planes, tar­get­ing the naval sta­tion at San­g­ley Point dur­ing the first wave of at­tacks. Years ear­lier, San­g­ley Point was used by the Chi­nese pi­rate Lima­hong in 1574 as his refuge whenhe ran away af­ter a failed at­tempt to take Manila. San­g­ley Point wasalso used as a mil­i­tary base by the Ja­panese troops. It is now oc­cu­pied by the Philip­pine Navy for ship re­pair and dry-dock­ing. There is also a pro­posal to build a new in­ter­na­tional air­port on the re­claimed land in San­g­ley Point.

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