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Location Philippines, Region IVa
Central coordinates 122o 2.00' East  12o 24.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 656m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Haribon Foundation



Site description Tablas is the largest of the three main islands of Romblon Province, the other two being Romblon and Sibuyan (PH058). It covers 828 km2 and lies east of Mindoro and just north of Panay. While Sibuyan is very steep and difficult to cultivate, Tablas is relatively gentle in aspect with fertile plains and rolling hills which are under rice cultivation and coconuts, and the forest cover is now almost completely gone. The largest area of remnant forest on the island is the reserve forest in the Balogo watershed and the nearby Burburanan forest. The Balogo watershed is in the north of Tablas and appears to be on very infertile soil, which is probably why it has also not been cleared for agriculture or coconuts, but also means that the biological productivity is relatively low. Most of the remaining forest in the Balogo watershed forest was found in 1998 to be very low, about 3-5 m high, but on the summits of the hills and on the steep, southeast slope some original forest was still present.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ceyx melanurus resident  2001  present  A1  Not Recognised 
Rufous-lored Kingfisher Todiramphus winchelli resident  2001  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Streak-breasted Bulbul Ixos siquijorensis resident  2001  present  A1  Endangered 
Philippine Cockatoo Cacatua haematuropygia resident  2001  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Calatrava, San Andres San Agustin Watershed Forest Reserve 2,570 protected area contained by site 2,570  

Habitats

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

Other biodiversity The mammals of Tablas are virtually unknown, and thus more surveys are needed.

Protection status Not officially protected.

References Allen (in prep. a).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balogo Watershed. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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