To block illegal Mt. Apo trek Mayor Duterte urged to close Mt. Talomo entry indefinitely

THE DAVAO Watershed Management Council (WMC) is calling on Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to address potential unauthorized and illegal climbing and trekking activities in Mt. Apo that can root from a Davao City entrance.

In a resolution passed after an April 7 meeting, the multi-sectoral government body pointed out that Mt. Talomo’s entry point can illegally be used by climbers for entry to Mt. Apo.

During the last week of March, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) allowed three of Mt. Apo’s entry points to be opened: Magpet, Kidapawan, and Sta. Cruz. The Mt. Talomo entry point is not included in PAMB’s decision of opening Mt. Apo.

The WMC, in a resolution, said that “a growing number of registered and unregistered tour operators are still offering tour packages and conducting actual climbing activities in Mt. Apo through the Mt. Talomo trail.”

WMC calls on the mayor to close the Mt. Talomo entry point indefinitely

The resolution urges the mayor to meet with stakeholders to talk about the situation and for the city information office to conduct massive information campaigns regarding the matter.

The resolution is on its way to Mayor Duterte’s desk.

Republic Act (RA) 9237, known as the Mount Apo Protected Area Act of 2003, declares Mt. Apo as a protected area. PAMB declared Mt. Apo closed to any activity last 2016 due to the disastrous forest fire it suffered. The disaster affected 150 hectares of forest and grassland.

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