𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐬𝐦𝐮𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 (𝐒𝐏𝐂𝐖) 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐨𝐫 𝐑𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐚𝐫 𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐞, 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝟐 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏, 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 #𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐃𝐚𝐲𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟓𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐚𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐑𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐚𝐫 𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐍𝐨. 𝟐𝟒𝟒𝟓.
The SPCW is a wetland complex of coastal waters interconnected with mangroves, mudflats, and a river ecosystem that offer a range of ecosystem services at the local and regional levels. The Site fulfills four (4) Ramsar criteria, confirming the international significance of its biodiversity and its services both at the species and ecosystems level. It’s designation as the Philippines’ latest Ramsar Site is a collaborative effort between the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau, DENR Central Luzon Regional Office, PENRO Pampanga, and the Local Government Units of the Municipality of Sasmuan and the Province of Pampanga. A mangrove islet named as the Sasmuan Bangkung Malapad Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area , lies at the “Heart of SPCW” which serves as a home to a variety of species of mangroves including the vulnerable 𝘈𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢, according to a 2017 flora assessment conducted by PENRO Pampanga. Marine animals including a diverse number of fish and crustaceans also thrive in the area.