Project Components

The project will involve the implementation of program entitled: : Total and Intensified Governance of the Environment for Education, Research and Rehabilitation (TIGER). The project consists of the following components:

1. Wildlife Research, Breeding Center and Zoological Park

These are three (3) major components which shall form part of the initial phase of the program. This will involve the conduct of inventory and research studies on biodiversity of both flora and fauna, construction of support infrastructures and facilities for animals; such as: library, laboratory, animal hospital, kitchen/food preparation area; administration building; animal cages and facilities; viewing decks; water supply; landscaping; and access roads. The data and information shall serve as benchmark information in the rehabilitation, restoration and preservation efforts to sustain the ecotourism potential of the area.

Different species of wildlife will be exhibited in large simulated cages and will be bred in order to preserve the specific species. The landscapes allow visitors and tourists to see animals roaming in their cages that look uncannily like their natural habitats. This will become an immensely popular attraction to foreign and local tourists and enhance the biodiversity as well as the ecotourism potential of the area.

The animals are protected by fences and concealed cages that appear limitless to protect the animals. A variety of methods shall be used to mimic the terrain of a far off habitat, more particularly for exotic and endangered animals.

2. Botanical Garden

This will feature a variety of species of forest and fruit trees, palms, ornamentals, orchids and other plants depicted in their pristine state within the property. The natural setting, contour and topography will complement the greenery with colorful accents of flowering plants of different species and varieties. Major ecosystems such as forest and grassland will be maintained to provide natural habitat for the animals. Likewise, the farm will serve as the genetic pool of diverse species of flora and fauna.

The wildlife farm will entail management practices that will depict the concept of biodiversity to protect the natural resources within farm boundaries. This will involve managing plant and animal species to accommodate both genetic and specie diversity. This is the reason why oftentimes biodiversity management often conflicts with public access to wildlife farms that promote recreation as well as wild life conservation.

3. Heritage Plaza

This will highlight an exhibition of cultural heritage, artifacts and visual arts utilizing standard and internationally accepted museographical principles and techniques. It will depict important cultures and lifestyles in a given period in Philippine history. An amphitheatre for cultural performances, a chapel for worship, meditation and reflection will be constructed within the heritage village as part of the Philippine cultural heritage presentation. The chapel boasts of the largest ivory crucifix in the Philippines and the image of Our Lady of Nueva Valenciana.

4. Mountain Resort

This will provide support facilities for eco-tourists who would want to enjoy and relax the in the tranquility and harmony of nature away from the hustle-and-bustle of city life. The proposed facilities to be established are safari/barn-type cottages for lodging and accommodation, restaurants and sports and recreational facilities and services.

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