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Location Philippines, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Central coordinates 121o 6.00' East  17o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 17,838 ha
Altitude 700 - 2,456m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Haribon Foundation

Site description The proposed Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park is composed of two mountain ranges with numerous creeks all draining towards the Saltan River, which divides the two ranges. It is characterized by high mountain ranges with steep slopes and rugged, rocky terrain. Mt Sapocoy, which is located on the western boundary of the park overlooking the Ilocos and Cagayan Valleys, is the highest peak at c.2,456 m. The lowest point in the park is at Balbalan in the eastern portion, with an elevation of c.700 m.

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Balbalasang - Balbalan National Park 3,923 protected area contained by site 3,923  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   major
Artificial - terrestrial   minor

Other biodiversity Some Luzon-endemic mammals, including the northern Luzon giant cloud rat Phloeomys pallidus, may be found on this IBA. The smooth-fingered narrow-mouthed frog Kaloula baleata kalingenses and the poorly-known endemic Luzon narrow-mouthed frog Kaloula rigida have been recorded there, as have two globally threatened butterflies, Papilio benguetanus and P. chikae, both restricted on the Cordillera mountains.

Protection status Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park was declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1357 dated December 9, 1974. It is proposed as an initial component of NIPAS under the category of Natural Biotic Area.

References REFERENCES: Alcala and Brown (1998); DENR (undated-PASA); IUCN (1996).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park. Downloaded from on 21/10/2014

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