Mts. Palay-Palay/Mataas na Gulod Protected Landscape

The Mts. Palay-Palay/Mataas na Gulod Protected Landscape (MPPMNGPL) is located within the Municipalities of Ternate and Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas.

Formerly known as Mts. Palay-Palay/Mataas na Gulod National Park, the site was reclassified under the NIPAS category of Protected Landscape under Presidential Proclamation 1315 on July 27, 2007.

It currently serves as a forest reserve and reforestation project under the National Greening Program, a flagship program of the government which seeks to regain the lost forest covers lost to abuse in the past decades. To date, 697 hectares denuded portions have been subjected to reforestation.

The total area occupied by open canopy of matured trees is 50% or five hundred thirty-eight (538) hectares and the rest of the area is composed of mixed brushland and grassland including patches of cultivated lands.

Based on an environmental study conducted by a private firm in 1995, of the 600 initially-inventoried plant species in the Park, 364 are considered economically important because 58 are timber species, 18 are medicinal species, 21 are edible species, 255 are ornamental and landscape species and 12 are species that can be used for cottage industries.

The same study also identified 123 species of wildlife that call the PL their home – 76 birds, 21 reptiles, 16 mammals and 10 amphibians. Of the number, 25 percent are considered endangered, threatened or rare. The endangered species include the Philippine Falconet, Blue-naped Parrot or Loro, Rufous Hornbill or Kalaw and the Philippine Woodland Frog.

As such, the area falls under “Very High” priority for biodiversity conservation based on the results of the National Biodiversity Conservation Priority Setting Project jointly undertaken by the DENR-PAWB, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and Conservation International-Philippines and is also identified as one of the key biodiversity areas in the country.

There are only 31 households who qualified as tenured migrants on the site. They are specifically located in the designated Multiple Use Zone of the protected area covered by the Protected Area Community-Based Resource Management Agreement (PACBRMA) issued by the DENR Secretary in 2003.

The climate is generally dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year.


The park covers a wide range of natural and scenic spots that have high tourism potentials. It has big and small waterfalls, natural springs, rivers and diverse species of flora and fauna. Its mountain peaks are still covered by a vibrant forest and provide a panorama of the grand Manila Bay and nearby provinces. The development of natural tourist facilities within the area should complement the existing world class resort in the area. Snorkeling, scuba diving and other related activities can be enjoyed in the Northern portion of the park and at Barangay Patungan, Maragondon, Cavite.

Ecotourism sites have also been developed in So. Malauyas, Tarnate, Cavite. In 2009, rehabilitation and repair of one water tank and the installation of new pipes going to the different outlets including electrical wiring system and construction of a 100-meter concrete fence with steel mating in-front of the MPPMNGPL Park Station were among the developments implemented in the protected area.

In terms of scientific research, the rich diversity of flora and fauna found within the area can serve as living ecological laboratory for students, researchers and nature lovers in Metro Manila and Calabarzon.


Park station with CR
Mini Pavilion


There are many alternative routes in getting to the area. Compared to other protected landscapes, it is fairly accessible to travelers.

The protected area is about 60 km southeast of Manila. There are four (4) paved routes to reach the park, namely:

1st Route
Via Coastal Road to Bacoor to Kawit to Noveleta to Tanza to Naic to Maragondon to Ternate

2nd Route
Via Coastal Road to Bacoor to Imus to Dasmariñas to Trece Martires City to Naic to Maragondon to Ternate

3rd Route
Via South Expressway to Carmona exit to GMA to Palapala (Dasmariñas) to Trece Martires City to Naic to Maragondon to Ternate

4th Route
Via Palangas (Nasugbu) to Tagaytay City to Mendez to Indang to Naic to Maragondon to Ternate

In particular, the MPPMNGPL can be reached in several ways:

  1. By land transportation traversing a well-paved road at Barangay Sapang going towards Caylabne Beach Resort (formerly Marbella);
  2. By land transportation from Manila, it can be reached within 1.5 to 2 hours via coastal road to Aguinaldo Highway to Governor’s Drive and via coastal road to Bacoor to A Soriano Highway;
  3. Via hiking Barangay Sta. Mercedes (formerly Patungan) and Barangay Pinagsanhan for three (3) hours;
  4. By boat, it can be reached within one and a half (1.5) hour from Balsahan, Naic;
  5. By land transportation via Sitio Hamilo, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas.


Reynulfo A. Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500

The Protected Area Management Board:
Members - 11

DENR – 1 (PAMB Chairman)
LGU – 4
NGO – 3
Academe –2
PO - 1

Jose Elmer Bascos – PENRO Cavite/ Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), MPPMNGPL

Bayani S. Mendoza – Asst. PASu, MPPMNGPL
PENRO Cavite
Contact No. (046) 419-2474
Fax: (046) 419-2474