Errol Abada Gatumbato

A personal blog of Errol Abada Gatumbato devoted to biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of environment and natural resources of the Philippines

Errol A. Gatumbato: Vice President and Managing Director, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI)

Errol has a very extensive and solid experience in various aspects of environment and natural resources management for more than 20 years now. From June 1995 to June 2002, Errol was the Chief Ecosystems Management Specialist and at the same time the Protected Area Superintendent of the Mount Kanla-on Natural Park in Negros Island, Philippines. As the Park Superintendent of MKNP, Errol received several awards and recognition in pioneering the implementation of the National Integrated Protected Areas System, under the auspices of the Global Environmental Facility-World Bank-funded Conservation of Priority Protected Areas Project. Following his seven-year stint in MKNP, Errol served as an independent consultant to numerous conservation projects until to date. He delivered high standards and quality outputs some of which have been published.

Protected Area Management

Errol is now one of the leading and foremost protected area management experts in the Philippines.  He prepared the Samar Island Natural Park general management plan, under the UNDP-GEF-supported Samar Island Biodiversity Project. Similarly, he developed the harmonized management plan of the Mount Apo Natural Park in Mindanao, under the USAID-financed Eco-Governance Project. The MANP planning process was a ground-breaking effort in harmonizing the different management plans covering the PA, including but not limited to the ancestral domain plans of the IPs, the PA general management plan and the forestland use plans of LGUs. Errol, along with two other consultants, facilitated the final review and evaluation of the EC and UNDP-GEF-supported project of the CARE Philippines in Mount Isarog Natural Park in Bicol.

Team Leader

Errol was the team leader on several process evaluations for the community based resources management projects of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment.  He was also the team leader for a group of 12 consultants on the FPE Rapid Site Assessment for the geo-political and physical profile, biological resources, socio-economic and cultural conditions, air and water quality and governance of seven project sites, contracted by the Resources Environment and Economics Center for Studies. He was the led consultant in the preparation of the program document for Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, including the design of institutional and management arrangements to be implemented in priority biodiversity areas in Mindoro.

Conservation Design and Management

Errol has a wide range of knowledge and epxertise on conservation design and management. He prepared the framework for integrated investment planning of the DENR.  As the consultant to the EC-funded Integrating Forest Conservation with Local Governance Project of the Birdlife International and the Haribon Foundation, Errol prepared, too, the forest management planning framework and the forest management plans of three project sites, invoking the Philippines’ Local Government Code as the main policy framework.  He was also involved as coordinator for the coastal environment and IEC programs of the DENR in the province of Negros Occidental. The World Bank, through the Laguna Lake Development Authority, has likewise commissioned Errol in designing the participation and benefit-sharing framework for its Community Carbon Fund Project in Laguna Lake.

Local Conservation Area Innovation

In a Darwin Initiative supported project of the Fauna and Flora International, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, and Polillo Islands Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Errol orchestrated the project implementation by leading the team of 14 international and local experts in delivering conservation outcomes in the Polillo Group of Islands in Quezon province.  He developed and implemented the pioneering concept of Local Conservation Area using local governance as the main conceptual framework. The first ever network of 10 conservation sites in the Philippines was declared as LCAs in the three municipalities of the Polillos Islands through municipal ordinances, covering about 10,000 hectares.

On a Personal Note:

Errol is a very straightforward person, and could immediately relate to varying conditions and with people of different cultural background. He has a good track record in leading a multi-disciplinary team and providing and facilitating lectures, trainings, seminars, conferences, and workshops. His oral and written communication skills are excellent. He authored several papers that were presented in conferences and published by various organizations. Errol regularly contributes to the environment page of the Visayan Daily Star, a Bacolod City-based newspaper, while some of his papers are posted in the websites of some local and international institutions. He also possesses both non-formal and formal academic qualifications. He participated in numerous trainings, seminars, conferences, and workshops on environment and natural resources management .

Other Personal Information:

Nationality: Filipino; Date of Birth: 07 October 1963; Children: Gerrobel, 21 and Patrick Kelvin, 17




  1. Hi Errol,

    Congratulations on your new blogsite!

    This is very good – I think the only blog existing in the PI solely for BCSD. So far, the articles are great; I look forward to reading more of these.

    More power,


    Comment by Mymy Lepiten-Tabao | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Mymy. I hope to improve the blog in the next coming days. I’m planning to include varied concerns on environment and natural resources management. Hope to see you one of these days.

    Comment by errolgatumbato | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello po…. Gud a.m. pwede po makahingi ng PDF format ng FINAL DRAFT MOUNT APO NATURAL PARK Harmonized Management Plan (Technical Report 4) for our Office record (DENR-PENRO Mati, Davao Oriental)

    Comment by Milan N. Jerusalem | October 1, 2009 | Reply

    • The plan is still on its final editing stage. It would be available soon at ECOGOV 2 Project. Thanks for the message, Milan.

      Comment by errolgatumbato | October 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who beyond doubt knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You especially know how to bring an issue to light and make it distinctive. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

    Comment by Wilber Vignola | January 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you very much for the very kind comments…. Thanks too for visiting my site…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hello Errol Gatumbato

    I’m a university student, currently in my second year, at the Univeristy of Kent. My latest assignment requires me to choose a species that belongs to the Lazarus taxa. The species I have selected is the Negros Naked-backed fruit bat. After looking online and in the library, I found very few articles concerning the fruit bat, and those which did gave very little information. I was wondering if you could help me with my paper as your website shows that you have a wide range of knowledge of the Philippines’ ecology. Any facts about the fruit bat’s ecology, conservation strategies and especially the number of individuals over time would be greatly appreciated. Furthermore, do you know of any voluntary schemes in the Philippines?

    Thanks a lot

    From Alex P Bartlett

    Comment by Alex Bartlett | February 5, 2011 | Reply

  6. Hello Sir,
    Thank you for your great work. I’m from a small community in the northeastern part of Siargao Island. It is a beautiful place but biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of environment and natural resources are not being adopted. Illegal fishing, illegal logging and sand quarrying are a common practice. The LGU’s are lax on enforcing regulations. It is really heartbreaking to see these things happening. How can we stop these terrible activities and begin to implement ecological conservation and sustainable management of environment and natural resources to my area?

    Comment by Bradley | March 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. Hello Errol… congrats for coming up with this blog… its a good thing. I remember then when we made an
    inspection and audit of the MKNP jurisdiction… I was really amazed at the beauty of the place… thanks to you for showing us how to appreciate and make us feel the need for its protection… I hope people would be more sincere in their preservation and protection… because one thing I know for sure, you cant fight nature… nobody wins over nature…
    Keep up the good work and may your tribe increase~

    Comment by Ellaine Paragas Fajardo | July 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Ellaine…. Yes, I remember pretty well those days… Each one of us can really make a difference. With best wishes…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | July 12, 2011 | Reply

  8. Hello Errol,,, its a nice blog really…. congrats to you …. keep it up…. God bless you ,,, with Gatsby and Tangtang….

    Comment by Cecil | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  9. If there is one little way to take part in conservation this venue is a one great way …kudos for providing this Errol….wishing this will provide a portal to consciousness, stewardship and caring of our environment….

    Comment by Mary Aidine Galvan | January 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks, Aidine! Let us catch up when you are back in the country!

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | January 11, 2012 | Reply

  10. Good day po working on my study in Geo-hazard Mapping in Mount Kanlaon Natural Park. Pde po ba makahingi ng pdf po regarding multi-hazard maps po sa MKNP. thanks!

    Comment by Ricardo Hizon Jr. | February 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi,

      Sorry, I don’t have available maps of Mount Kanla-on now. May I refer you to the PASu Office in PENRO Negros Occ. Thanks for visiting my site. Regards!

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | February 10, 2012 | Reply

  11. Thank you very much sir! just send my email address. Regards!

    Comment by Ricardo Hizon Jr. | February 12, 2012 | Reply

  12. please add this site in your search list… thank you. GOD BLESS

    Comment by San | July 31, 2012 | Reply

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