Tree Planting on Environment Month. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Pablito Ofrecia of Compostela Valley Province leads the planting of 500 falcata seedlings within the one hectare area in Mapaang, Maco, Comval Province. The said activity which is in line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2013 is participated in by employees from the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) of Comval Province, other stakeholders and beneficiaries of the Cash for Work Project under the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
To tackle about the implementation of 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.