Philippine LTER





International Long -Term Ecological Research (ILTER) is a network of networks.  Its members are country-based networks of scientists engaged in long-term, site-based research.

Thousands of ecological researchers at hundreds of research sites are affiliated with one another through their country’s network, their region’s network, and through the International network (ILTER).


Our mission is to improve understanding of global ecosystems and inform solutions to current and future environmental problems.

ILTER’s goals are to: 

1. Foster and promote collaboration and coordination among ecological researchers and research networks at local, regional and global scales

2. Improve comparability of long-term ecological data from sites around the world, and facilitate exchange and preservation of this data

3.  Deliver scientific information to scientists, policymakers, and the public and develop best ecosystem management practices to meet the needs of decision-makers at multiple levels

4. Facilitate education of the next generation of long-term scientists

Vision and Mission Statements of Philippine LTER

The Philippine LTER & DIVERSITAS Network  envisions a society in which exemplary science contributes to the advancement of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the global environment. It consists of Research Networks of Scientists, collectively engaged in and dedicated to multi– and interdisciplinary long-term and spatial scale research and monitoring in ecological science.

National Committee for LTER and DIVERSITAS

 A National Committee was formed last June 15, 2006 meeting held at University of the Philippines. The Chair, Dr. Victor B. Amoroso and the co-chair for LTER, Dr. Daniel A. Lagunzad and for DIVERSITAS, Dr. Domingo A. Madulid were elected and 9 members were identified and selected. The headquarter of NC is hosted by CMU.

Functions of the National Committee

1. To serve as the focal organization in the promotion and implementation of the goals and objectives of ILTER Network and DIVERSITAS in the Philippines specifically their scientific programs and activities on long-term   ecological and biodiversity research;

2. To help develop and effectively deliver research  information to the scientific community, policy makers and society in general;

3. To coordinate and facilitate exchange and dissemination of information on long-term ecological and biodiversity  research; and

4. To formulate policies and approve LTER sites

National Committee (NC) Members

Dr. Angel C. Alcala-Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology (Ecology and Systematics)

Dr. Victor B. Amoroso- University Professor & Scientist III, Central Mindanao University   (Plant Morphology and Systematics) Chair NC for LTER and DIVERSITAS

Dr. Paciente A. Cordero– Immediate Past Executive Director, Nat’l. Research Council of the  Philippines Department of Science and Technology (Marine Biology)

Dr. Edgardo D. Gomez– Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology (Marine   Ecology, Corals)

Dr. Daniel A. Lagunzad– Professor, University of the Philippines (Plant Ecology); Co-chair for LTER

Dr. Domingo A. Madulid– Scientist IV, Phil. National Museum (Plant Systematics; Co-chair for DIVERSITAS

Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim– Director, Protected Area Management Bureau Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Dr. Perry S. Ong– Director, Institute of Biology (Wildlife Biology)

Dr. Jean C. Tayag– Director, Commission on Higher Education (Social Science)

Dr. Prescillano M. Zamora– Academician, Nat’l., Academy of Science and Technology (Botany)

LTER Sites


Mt Musuan



Location: Musuan, Maramg Bukidnon

Geographical Location: 070° 52’ 51”N 1250 03’ 48”E

Major Vegetation: Grassland/Shrubland

Lowland residual forest



Contact: Dr. Ricardo G. Villar

Prof. and Vice President for Administration-CMU

Mailing: CMU, 8710 Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines

Telefax:  088-356-1912


Mt. Malindang


Location: Malindang Range, Misamis Occidental, Region X, Philippines

Geographical Location: 80° 13’N 1230 38’E

Major vegetation types:

Mossy forest Almaciga forest

Montane forest Plantation forest

Dipterocarp fprest Agro-ecosystem

Mixed dipterocarp forest


Contact: For. Eden C. Pito/Dr. Victor B. Amoroso

Mt. Malindang, Park Superintendent, DENR X/Prof. VI and Scientist III

Mailing: Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental/ Central Mindanao University, 8710 Musuan, Bukidnon ,Phils.


Sierra Madre


The largest and with the most in-depth  information base among Philippine LTERs, Palanan Forest Dynamics Plot is a 16-hectare Plot located in the 287,861 ha of Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, NE Luzon.

Contact: Dr. Perry S. Ong

Director, Institute of Biology UP Diliman

Mailing: University of the Philippines     Diliman, Quezon City

Telefax: 9818500-3727


Mt. Hamiguitan


Administrative Location: Mt. Hamiguitan, Davao Oriental, Phils.

Geographical Location: 060° 40’ 51”N 1260 09E

Major vegetation types: Agro-ecosystem

Dipterocarp forest

Montane Forest

Mossy forest

Pygmy forest


Contact: For. Ruel D. COlong/ Dr. Victor B. Amoroso

Mt. Hamiguitan, Park Superintendent, DENR XI/ Prof. VI and Scientist III

Mailing: DENR-Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, Region XI, Davao Ciy/ CMU, 8710 Bukidnon Phils.

Telefax: (+63) 088-356-1912



Apo Island


Location: 9 km from the nearest point of Southeastern Negros Island, Visayas, Phils.

Geographical Location: 9° 4’N, 123° and 17’E



Contact: Dr. Angel C. Alcala

Director and Emeritus Prof. of Biological Sciences

SUAKREM, Siliman University

Mailing: SUAKREM, 2/F Siliman University Marine Laboratory, Siliman Beach, Bantayan, Dumaguete City, 6200

Telefax: (035) 422-5698



Mt. Kitanglad


Location: Northern Central portion of  Bukidnon Mindanao, directly north of the neighboring Kalatungan Mountain Range

Geographical Location: 8°  7’42”N and 124°   55’30”

Contact: For. Felix S. Mirasol

Mt Kitanglad Park Superintendent, DENR X, Phils.

Mailing: DENR Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Phils.

Telefax: (088) 8133453