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Napolcom joins Puerto Princesa Underground Riverís 7 wonders of nature bid PDF Print E-mail

MANILA, July 5 (PNA) -- The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Tuesday joins the Campaign Task Force chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to formulate and undertake aggressive voting campaign for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature (N7WN).

DILG Secretary and Napolcom Chairman Jesse M. Robredo enjoins the two agencies, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to work together to ensure that the PPUR will be proclaimed as one of the N7WN on November 11, 2011.

In compliance with Proclamation No. 182 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on June 3, 2011, the task force will undertake an extensive voting campaign at the national level, focusing on students and local government units, and at the international level especially among oversees Filipinos and nationals of other countries.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is considered the longest underground river in the world, with unique and outstanding scientific, biological and geological features that merited its being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and being declared as a National Geographic Monument in 2003.

Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that all officials and employees of the Commission in the central and regional offices are encouraged to vote for PPUR to be one of the N7WN via text voting: SEND PPUR to 2861 [cost per each SMS sent Php 2.00 (Sun) and Php 2.50 (Globe, Smart)] and Internet Voting: Log on to www.new7wonders.com.

The PPUR is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. It is one of the few such rivers which the public can easily experience and appreciate. It is the official entry of the Philippines and is 1 of the 28 finalists to the Search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

It is a source of pride and a key element in the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular, and of the Philippines as a whole.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower half portion of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The area also represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. It contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

The PPPSRNP is designated a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program. In recognition of its globally significant natural properties, it was inscribed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationís of (UNESCO) List of Natural World Heritage Sites. Inscription to the list confirms the exceptional and universal value of the Site that deserves to be protected for the benefit of all humanity.

The PPSRNP is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa based on a program centered on environmental conservation and sustainable development. It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a Local Government Unit. It has been cited as an example of best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism in the Philippines. (PNA)
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