PAOAY LAKE Protected Landscape (in Ilocos Norte)


  1. On June 21, 1969, Republic Act (RA) 5631 was enacted, An Act DECLARING PAOAY LAKE AS A NATIONAL PARK. The national park covers the lake and all lands within 1.0 kilometer from its extremities.
  2. In 1976, the Paoay Lake Development Project was launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Its Bureau of Forest Development was tasked to reforest the area, while the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources stocked hundreds of thousands of fish fingerlings, and the Bureau of Lands undertook resettlement component.
  3. On April 5, 1977, the then President Marcos issued Letter of Instruction (LOI) 529, directing further park development and upgrading of the sites and services. Hence, Paoay Lake Development Projects an inter-agency efforts of more than twenty (20) local and national offices.
  4. On June 11, 1978, President Marcos issued Presidential Decree (PD)1554, amending RA 5631, redefining the national park limits to exclude 1.0 kilometer portions of land to make them alienable. Thus, the modified park limits was the highest water level.
  5. In 1978, the Malacañang ti Amianan was constructed. It is a Spanish-type building overlooking the lake, and served as official residence of the President while in Ilocos Provinces. The Maharlika Hall at the northwestern side followed, and te Paoay Lake Sports Complex which is a package of a golf course and other allied sports facilities and grounds.
  6. On February 6, 1992, RA 7568 was enacted, the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS). Paoay Lake, an existing national park became an initial component of NIPAS. Accordingly, its policy making body, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) was organized. The Board comprises of the Provincial Government, Municipal Government, Barangay Chairmen of the surrounding Barangays, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Non- Government Organization. The Board or the Law Making Body sees the welfare of the Protected area since then through the conduct of quarterly and emergency meetings as needed.
  7. In 1994, the Paoay Lake PAMB, in cooperation with the local government unit, initiated a Livelihood Component-the establishment of fish cages by the communities around who were mostly fishermen. A 10.0 hectare portion of the lake was set aside, at two hectares each of the five barangays surrounding the lake. It was sustained since then, which in fact increased the income of families thereat, and made Paoay as the regarded tilapia capital of Ilocos Norte. By the Year 2011 the Provincial Government visioned that the lake is more beneficial when the lake is not structured by fish cages hence open fishing shall be implemented to the constituents of Paoay thus eco tourism shall be promoted. Employment generation shall also be encouraged in the area in producing products to attract tourists ie. Woven products, chichacorn, dried fish and the like. Other attractions shall be put thereat to invite more tourists in the site.
  8. In 1977, the Municipal Government attempted an ambitious project. To make Paoay Lakeas the Vegetable Bowl of Paoay. It is because of the fertile soils, its topography, available water support from the lake, and accessible roads for marketing aspect. Under the Seedling Distribution Program of the Municipality and the Bureau of Forest Development, Planting of fruit trees and forest trees were concentrated in the area. The Protected area todate is actively participating the National Greening Program through social mobilization together with other government agencies.
  9. In 1998, the Local Government Unit organized farmers association so as to have a good close coordination with them regarding farming in the area with them regarding farming in the area, including regulated use of pesticide or insecticide that may affect the lake. In the later part of 1999 to 2000 their irrigation canals drawing waters from the lake were improved so as prevent wastage or unregulated use.
  10. Recently, all existing programs instituted were sustained and maintained component programs and responsibilities of the lead agencies. The DENR, were in place, with the LGU as its partner. Since then, Paoay Lake is the regular entry of the LGU in the Search for the Cleanest Inland Bodies of Water. The maintenance and protection of the National Park /Protected area is implementedprogrammed by the DENR annually.





         The lake area is characterized of interbedded sandstone and silty shale with limestone. Sand dunes and sandstones and sale are the rock components. Also available minerals are dental quartz and magnetite. There is no known waste or garbage deposits inside or beneath the lake that are threats to its resources and water quality.



         There is no surface and floating debris in the lake, except during and after typhoons. However, cleaning activities are being done according by park personnel and residents


C) Vegetation

         Aquatic plants can be seen along the shallow and muddy portions of the littoral zone, which include buntot pusa , water hyacinth, water lettuce, kangkong, tape grass and water lily. On the other hand, the forest cover is manmade through reforestation works. The dominant species are giant ipil-ipil, acacia, mahogany, narra, banaba, teak, tibbig, bitaog, gmelina, bangkal and camachile. The presence of rooted submerged aquatic plants like lotus, aragan and other aquatic plants are abundant which serves as the prey of the fishes and other marine species.



         The lake is a natural body of fresh water without tributary. It has a depth of about six (6.0) meters. The water source is from ground water flow and surface run-off from its surrounding hills. Critical water level is, so far, the only known factor that affects its water quality. As temperature increases, the water level decreases, thereby affecting the aquatic organisms. Water quality test is done periodically on a quarterly basis.

         Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD) applied for the installation of water micro filtration machine in the lake purposely to serve the people of Paoay, Ilocos Norte. It was recommended by the Provincial Government through the leadership of Hon. Imee R. Marcos and it started operating Year 2013 and really benefited the residents of Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

By: Nora Ibana/CENRO Laoag City

Photos: Jun Millano


DENR Ilocos Region partners and stakeholders given recognition during Gawad Parangal rites

DENR Ilocos Region partners and stakeholders given recognition during Gawad Parangal rites

The finale of the Environment Month 2019 celebration after a series of month- long activities is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) Culminating Program held at Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union last July, 19, 2019. The occasion was also in line with 32nd Anniversary celebration of the DENR.

DENR- I Culminating Program is the best time and opportunity to honour the awardees in the main event, “Gawad Parangal sa Kalikasan,” wherein various partners and stakeholders in the region were accorded and given recognitions for their unwavering support and contribution to the programs and advocacies of the agency particularly in the protection, preservation and conservation of the environment and natural resources. Out 60 candidates, 46 of the environmental partners were given recognition for their worthy initiatives beyond their mandates. The awardees were the following: 1. Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte 2. Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur 3. LGU- Sto. Domingo, I. Sur 4. PNP- Burgos, I. Sur 5. PNP- Sta. Maria, I. Sur 6. PNP- Magsingal, I. Sur 7. PNP- Narvacan, I. Sur 8. PNP- Sto. Domingo, I. Sur 9. Provincial Government of La Union 10. LGU- Naguilian, La Union 11. LGU- San Juan, La Union 12. LGU- Pugo, La Union 13. LGU- Bauang, La Union 14. LGU- Bacnotan, La Union 15. LGU- Caba, La Union 16. LGU- San Fernando City, La Union. 17. LGU- Alaminos City, Pangasinan (Mangrove Project and R.I.V.E.R.S. for Life) 18. LGU- Batista, Pangasinan 19. LGU- Sison, Pangasinan 20. PNP- Labrador, Pangasinan 21. PNP- Bugallon, Pangasinan 22. PNP- Aguilar, Pangasinan 23. PNP- Mangatarem, Pangasinan 24. BJMP- Urdaneta City 25. PNP, Region- I 26. Department of Public Works and Highways, region- I (DPWH-I) 27. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region- I (BFAR- I) 28. PNP- Regional Maritime Unit 1 29.Landbank of the Philippines (San Fernando City Branch) 30. Philippine Information Agency, Region- I (PIA- I) 31. Bureau of Fire Protection, Region- I (BFP- I) 32.Teodoro’s Farm c/o Engr. John Teodoro 33. Ambagat CBFM Association, Inc., c/o Cesar Oblero 34. Piscong Farmer’s Association Inc. 35. Health Education Environment Discipleship (HEED) Foundation Inc. 36. Science of Identity Foundation (SIFCARE) 37. CS First Green Agri- Industrial Development Inc. 38. Integrated Mining Information and Education, Region- I (I- MINE) 39. HOLCIM Mining and Development Corporation 40. Northern Cement Corporation 41. Mr. Norberto A. Viera of Areiv Eco Resort 42. DZSO Bombo Radio La Union 43. DZAG Radyo ng Bayan 44. ABS- CBN Regional Network 45. GMA Regional Network 46. UNTV.

Material Recovery Facility (MRF) financial assistance were also awarded to selected Local Government Units while the winners in the Environmental Jingle Making Contest received their prizes and recognitions. Gawad Parangal was conceptualized to commend the environmental partners in the region including national government agencies (NGA), non- government organizations (NGO), schools, media and private individuals. DENR- I including its line bureaus, Mines and Geosciences, Region- I (MGB- I) and the Environmental Management Bureau, Region- I (EMB- I) have been always committed to the environmental protection and recognize partnership with stakeholders in the formulation of environmental policy framework for the ecological utilization of the country’s natural resources.

              Guest of honor and speaker during the event was La Union Governor Emmanuel Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega III who was represented by La Union District II Board Member Abraham Rimando. DENR- I Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa quoted an inspirational adage to the awardees, “You are not just our partners but an ally in caring, conserving and protecting the environment,” he said. MGB – I Regional Director Carlos Tayag also stated in his closing message, “ We are committed to implement environmental protection and management program as we do our best efforts to reconcile economic development with the protection of our natural resources.” (RPAO)

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ENVIRONMENTAL WARRIORS. Over a hundred students from Grade 4 to Junior high school of La Marea Academy actively participated to the different environmental lectures during the environmental campus tour of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau I on January 18, 2019. The activity aimed to raise environmental awareness among students and to promote sustainable and eco-friendly practices in schools.

Photo shows Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) key officials led by newly- installed Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa receiving the PRIME- HRM Bronze Award from Civil Service Commission, Region- I (CSC RO1) Regional Director Hedy Jose R. Lardizabal during the Regional Recognition Rites at the Provincial Capitol, San Fernando City, La Union last January 28, 2019. Also in the photo are DENR- I ARD for Management Services Leduina S. Co, OIC, Chief Administrative Division- Mary Ann Escoto, HRM personnel headed by Julinda Zamoranos.

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