The Masungi Georeserve conservation project in the town of Baras, Rizal, began in 1996 as a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Blue Star Construction and Development Corporation.
Since then, the company has initiated major restoration efforts in a 430-hectare area degraded by real estate speculation, quarrying and illegal logging in the area.
Masungi Georeserve opened its doors to the public in 2016 as a “low-volume” ecotourism site. Fees paid by visitors are used to finance its conservation initiatives.
A year after opening the georeserve to the public, the organization entered into an agreement with the national government to restore the land around the Masungi limestone formations, the original site of the project.
Some 100 park rangers, mostly from the nearby upland communities, help conserve wildlife species and the 60-million-year-old limestone formations, and protect the sanctuary from threats.