Skooter repoting 09/16/12
The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) marks its beginning as a part of the 197.8 hectares Quezon Memorial Park (QMP) which was covered under Proclamation No. 42 dated July 5, 1954. However, the park’s area was cut down to 64.58 hectares under the issuance of Proclamations Nos. 481 and 616 respectively. The larger areas were billed for Philippine Science High School and the National Government Center which was later on subdivided and developed as the areas occupied by the Central Bank of the Philippines, Lung Center, Kidney Center, and Lungsod ng Kabataan (Children’s Hospital). To date, the NAPWC was reduced further to only 22.7 hectares.
The park was inaugurated and opened to the public July 25, 1970 by the then President Ferdinand Marcos and the Vice President Fernando Lopez.
The park was temporarily closed to the public in July 1982, for renovation in order to provide facilities/infrastructures. During this period the craft village cottage, fishing village, amphitheater and comfort rooms were constructed. In addition, the water system facilities, the park’s lighting system was developed and installed by the armies. On February 21, 1983, it was reopened to the public renamed Lungsod ng Kabataan Recreational Park.
Again in 1986, it was renamed Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in honor of the late Senator by virtue of Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Administrative Order No. 4 series of 1986.
The park was place under the administration of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) in 1987, a staff bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) responsible for the protected area management and wildlife conservation.
The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center was dissolved as protected area and was known as DENR-Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center by virtue of Proclamation No. 312. In May 25, 2000
Proclamation No. 312 was amended in August 21, 2002, by changing the name of DENR-Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center by virtue of Proclamation No. 238.
Today, the 22.7-hectare NAPWC is under the management and administration of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by virtue of Proc. No. 723 dated 25 October 2004 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Said proclamation established the park as a protected area and a component of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS).
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