How the Underground River becomes one of the new 7 wonders of the world
27 Feb 2015
Wondering how the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) made it to the 7 Wonders of the World? It is more than just a pretty sight! Here’s how:
1. The Philippine government, and in the effort of former Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Solon Hagedorn, vigorously campaigned for the Palawan Subterranean River (in a bid to boost a sagging tourism industry.)
2. The government has been campaigning for votes for the PPUR throughout the year and intensified its efforts during the homestretch.
3. President Benigno Aquino III ordered national line agencies to launch a campaign urging Filipinos to channel their passion for texting and the Internet into promoting the Underground River. On the same note, telecommunication giants Smart and Globe mounted a text voting campaign, offering cash prizes up to P25 million to lucky voters.
4. The underground river is one of the most important protected areas of the Philippines featuring a spectacular limestone or karst landscape with one of the most complex cave systems. With its uniqueness and distinction, the world was able to recognize and appreciate it.
5. PPUR contains an 8.2 km long underground river that flows directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is brackish and is affected by the ocean’s tide. These and more make the subterranean river a significant natural phenomenon.
6. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest; and at the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Moreover, monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.
7. PPUR contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protect forests, which are among the most significant in Asia. It represents substantial habitat that are important for biodiversity conservation.
8. The discovery of at least 11 minerals, crystal and egg shape rock formations, and a 20 million year-old Miocene age serenia fossil in the cave further add to its scientific value and unique distinction. Experts said that only a few caves in the world have more than three or four minerals.
9. PPUR is a treasure trove of information for scientists studying how the Earth evolved.
The PPUR 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 is managed by the city thru a Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), a multi-sector body that provides policy direction and other oversight functions. It is a model for effective protected area management and sustainable tourism in the Philippines.
This unique nature’s wonder is a source of pride and a key element for the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular, and of the Philippines as a whole. The conservation of the park is a symbol of commitment by the Filipino people in the global efforts to conserve our natural heritage.
Mayor Hagedorn, on the other hand, is best recognized as one of the successful progressive local leaders of the Philippines because of his passion and dedication towards the protection of the environment.