Editorial: Pity Sagada-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
IT'S a pity the peaceful town of Sagada in Mt. Province is gaining media attention nowadays. For the wrong reasons.
While tourists from all over the world linger in the small town for its serenity and laid outback lifestyle, the town which is 226.7 kilometers away from Baguio City hugged the limelight recently.
It was last month when Sagada first made it to the front pages of newspapers after one tourist went missing inside the famed Sumaguing Cave.
After nine days of searching, retrieval operations for missing Dagupan, Pangasinan tourist Eufrocinia “Irene” Manaois has ended.
The town’s disaster risk reduction council has decided to stop the search and rescue operations inside the cave, which went on from August 19 until 28th.
The family of Manaois, who trekked up to Sagada to see for themselves the ongoing search and rescue operations by combined government and local village teams, has gone home and also gave the go signal to stop the operations.
Manaois reportedly slipped off inside the Sumaguing Cave, a very popular spelunking destination in Sagada during the onslaught of monsoon rains.
At least 31, including Manaois and 13 Japanese students, were earlier reported missing inside the cave. All 30 were rescued aside from Manaois.
Just recently, Sagada was once again in the news after the PNP, the AFP and the New People’s Army had a clash last week.
The PAF bombed the suspected camp of Leonardo Pabsi Command around 8 a.m. of August 29 who was reportedly behind the ambush in Tadian, Mountain Province last June 28, where one trainee of the PNP was killed.
At least nine others were wounded in the incident.
As of press time, government troops and the rebel's group are still clashing despite the peace zone declared by the municipality way back in 1989 where no one can enter Sagada with guns.
While Sagada still reels from a probable loss of income due to the momentarily closure of Sumaguing Cave, government troops and rebels in the area must respect the town’s declaration as a peace zone.
It must remain as such as tourists, and most likely residents, want it that way.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 03, 2013.