PACEM stands for “Peace and Care for Earth Ministry.” PACEM Eco-Park, located along Sumulong Highway, was established in 1994 by Assumption College, Antipolo, to educate people about the critical and significant role that our environment plays in our today’s struggling world. Experiencing the beauty of nature can urge them to reflect on the importance of ecological security to the survival of our planet. Nowadays, we human beings, the rightful guardians and caretakers of the Earth, are slowly ignoring its current problems. PACEM Eco-Park wants to raise awareness and renewed interest to nature so that we can go back into protecting it.
PACEM Eco-Park Features:
- An Eco-Center
- A Wildlife Sanctuary
- A Butterfly Garden
- A Butterfly Collection
- A Shell Collection
- A Mini-Forest
- An Aviary
- An Eco-Shoppe
- Snack Center (Caf' Bonne Sant')
- A Herbal Garden
- An Organic Farm
- A Green House
PACEM Eco-Center has a conference room, a Butterfly Museum, exhibit areas, an Eco-Shoppe and a Snack Center. Located within sight of the Park's various components is a Study Center where visitors learn about environmental issues and some of the many wonders of nature. Among the many activities that can be undertaken at the Center are:
- Seminars and workshops on ecology and creation spirituality
- Conferences on environment related issues
- Lectures and various fora
- Audio visual presentations on the environment
- Exhibits on various ecological themes such as biodiversity, forests, climate change, coastal and marine resources, waste management, among others
PACEM Eco-Park promotes biodiversity through the operation of a wildlife sanctuary, which is accredited by Region IV (Southern Tagalog) office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The wildlife sanctuary shelters endangered species: various species of birds, monkeys, wild cats and other animals of Philippine wildlife. When you enter PACEM mini-forest you feel the solemnity and observe the majesty of Philippine Rainforest The mini-forest is home to many Philippine endemic orchids that add beauty to the place with their magnificent flowers.
The PACEM mini-forest was the first feature of the Park to be launched. It is a demonstration area for sustainable forest management. Here visitors learn about the importance of forest and biodiversity for the survival of planet Earth. The mini-forest also maintains good air quality in the immediate area. Benches, walkways and a suspension bridge are also found there.
Rainforest and Butterflies
Assumption Antipolo is home to a large number of indigenous butterfly species. The Butterfly Garden has been envisioned as a laboratory where students can observe the unique lifecycle of butterflies, thus reinforcing the knowledge they acquire from books and in classrooms.