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Sibuyan Island

Sibuyan Island

Address: Romblon

Description: Sibuyan is one of the remaining bastions of biodiversity in the country. Dubbed the "Galapagos of Asia", it has high number of endemic species recorded, with approximately 77% of the species found in the area. The island's famous landmark, Mt. Guiting-Guiting, was proclaimed a natural park in 1996. Despite its protected status, there are serious threats to the biodiversity of Mt. Guiting-Guiting and other areas of the island. Though its dense forests cover 81% of the island, Sibuyan still faces threats from mining, charcoal-making, and unregulated harvesting of timber and non-timber forest products. The indigenous peoples in Sibuyan Island are the Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid. (Photo: FFI)

Status: Newly Opened

Site Profile Summary

Protection Status

For Mt. Guiting Guiting Natural Park, under Presidential Proclamation 746 in 1996 under the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (NIPAS) or Republic Act 7586



445 square km

Biogeographic Features

  • 33% of its total land area is primary forest. 


  • It is home to 123 species of trees, 54 of these endemic.


  • It is home to 131 species of birds, including the Philippine Pygmy-woodpecker (DDendrocopos maculatus menagei, Colasisi Loriculus philippinensis bournsi, and the Orange-bellied Flower Pecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma sibuyanicum)

Livelihood Resources

  • Majority of the households depend on farming and fishing

Other Matters of Significance

  • Sibuyan Island is one of the 6 conservation priority sites of FPE.

Sociocultural Situation

Indigenous socio-cultural practices are diminishing, practices being replaced by non-indigenous technologies that promise short term gains but tend to be unsustainable.

Economic Situation

· Communities near the forest have little to no alternative source of income. They make their living through swidden farming, charcoal making, gathering of minor forest products (resin, rattan, vines, honey, freshwater fish / shrimps). Increasing population has been associated to decline in forest cover. Forest resources have diminished, with communities exploring more distant forested areas, establishing more forest trails, leading to more disturbance.

· Population growth has also affected the forest through land use changes, for agricultural activities.


FPE-funded Projects and Initiatives




Grant Type / Strategy



Site-focused Area Support Projects for Sibuyan Island and Kalbario Patapat

Medium Grant / Sites / PhP 800,000

FPE Luzon Regional Unit


Sibuyan Island Conservation Management Planning Workshop

Small Grant / Sites / PhP 200,000

FPE Luzon Regional Unit


Moving Towards Sibuyan Island Conservation Management Plan

Small Grant / Sites / PhP 200,000

Bayay Sibuyanon


Post-MIPPEG Support Project

Medium Grant / Sites / PhP 650,000

FPE Luzon Regional Unit


Ensuring the Rights of Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid (SMT) over their Ancestral Domain (AD) is protected from ROMELCO/CHPC Utilization of Resources without Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)

Medium Grant / Sites / PhP 250,000

Asosasyon ng Tribong Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid (ATSMT)


Resource and Socio-Economic Assessment in Sibuyan, Romblon

Medium Grant / Research /

PhP 800,000

Fauna & Flora International  - Philippines


Strengthening Indigenous Resources Management Practices of Tribong Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid

Small Grant / Constituency Building / PhP 200,000

Asosasyon ng Tribong Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid (ATSMT)


Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Environmental Governance (MIPPEG)

Special Project / Funded by the European Union (EU) and Fundacion Desarollo Sostenido (FUNDESO)



A Strategic Environmental Plan for Sibuyan Island


Small Action Grant / PhP 100,000

Evelio Javier Foundation, Inc.

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