Mt. Apo Trekking Fees To Increase

 
To tackle about the implementation mt.apo resizedof the increased trekking fees in Mt. Apo this year, DENR-XI's Park Operations Superintendent (POSu) Eduardo Ragaza and Digos City Tourism Officer Edgardo Elera guested at Kapihan Sa Dabaw yesterday, March 23, 2015 held at SM Ecoland, Davao City.
 
According to Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Resolution No. 2015-01 or the Resolution To Carry Out Common Trekking Policies Among All Local Government Units in Mt. Apo Natural Park, trekkers would be asked to pay PhP 1,000 per trekker during non-peak seasons and P1,500 during peak seasons like the Lenten Season.
 
But due to the dried-up water sources and grassland of Mt. Apo at present, PAMB decided to control the climbing activities this Lenten Season. Bookings and on-site registrants for the Summer trek will no longer be accepted but those who have booked earlier would still be allowed to climb.
 
However, in the Kapatagan site, Elera said they will still be accepting on-site registrants but will limit to 400 individuals only.
 
Mt. Apo can be accessed through the following trails: Kapatagan, Digos City; New Israel, Makilala; Balutakay, Bansalan; Agco, Kidapawan; Bongolanon, Magpet; and Baruring, St. Cruz.

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Government to Rehabilitate Naboc River

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the provincial government of Davao de Oro signed a Memorandum of Agreement this week for the dredging, quarrying and rehabilitation of Naboc River in Monkayo.

The MOA signing was attended by DENR Secretary Roy A Cimatu, DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco V. Densing III, Davao de Oro Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy and DPWH-XI Regional Director Allan S. Borromeo.

The rehabilitation of Naboc River is one of the priority programs of Secretary Cimatu after President Rodrigo Duterte stated in his SONA last July 2017 the ill condition of the river caused by Mercury, Cyanide and fecal coliform contamination.

"Mt. Diwalwal had been the debris of man's insatiable greed and we will not allow this river to die and we will exhaust all means to bring it back to life as what we have successfully done in Boracay and what we are doing in Manila Bay," Cimatu said during his message.

As initial phase of Naboc River rehabilitation, the Provincial Task Force Naboc River (PTFNR) in Region XI has served Cease and Desist Orders (CDOs) to 1,797 ball mills and carbon-in-pulp (CIP) owners last March 16-18, 2019. Under the slogan “Lihok Alang Sa Naboc”. This 3-day operation aimed to immediately transfer informal settlers and all processing plants from Mt. Diwata to Sitio Mabatas to attain the government’s goal of addressing Diwalwal’s environmental problems.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that it is very fulfilling to have delivered the mandates and challenges of the President and the DENR Secretary.

"The resolution of this long-overdue problem is a clear manifestation of Presidents Duterte's political will for change. And with the issuance of Secretary Cimatu's Special Order for creating the Provincial Task Force Naboc River coupled with his strategies, stipulated an impetus potent enough to reach an effective solution," she said.

On the other hand, Governor Uy vowed to help in cleaning the Naboc River and restore its natural waters.

"As the Governor, I will fully commit my time, my effort and my passion to clean-up this Naboc River and support the advocacy of the DENR and the President as well," Uy said.

 

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