Off roaders to build new tourist site in Porac

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Various off roaders clubs in the province are getting together to form the Pampanga Off Roaders umbrella which will spearhead the development of a new tourist destination in the mountains of Porac town.

Engr. Marni Castro told Sun.Star Pampanga that with the support of Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Levy P. Laus, the Pampanga Off Roaders Club, Inc., Angeles City 4-Wheelers, Pampanga Adventure Club, Club Overland, Porac Off Roaders and private off roading enthusiasts will create the umbrella tasked to develop and promote culture, tourism and jobs generation with the new destination, in time for the 25th year commemoration in 2016 of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption.

“We will start by creating a new trail along Pasig Potrero. Already, Manman Bengco from the Angeles City 4-Wheelers is set to send a backhoe to the site to start building the trail which is about 17 kilometers from Porac Bridge upstream towards Pasig Potrero,” he said.

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Based on their most recent trek via 4X4 vehicles, Castro disclosed of the potential of the untapped site.

“It’s virgin and natural. It has several waterfalls, the biggest of which is about 80 feet in height. Then you have a 500-square meter lagoon and a lot of greenery. You can find two caves and tunnels with some reported artifacts. Wild boar and deer abound. Of course, we will declare the place a ‘no hunting’ site and sort of protected environment area,” he said.

Castro added that the group will build a campsite and native cottages for those who will take the trail and one hour and 15-minute trek to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo.

“We will have power through generator sets and water from the falls via bamboo pipes. We will also install communications equipment to monitor tourists and treks to the site. We will also have tour packages ranging from P200 to P500 including the hiring of 4X4 vehicles. With this, Aetas are bound to get jobs too as they will be taken in as guides. Porac will benefit too in terms of tourism investment as our secretariat will be the Porac Tourism Council and our office will be established in Manibaug,” he added.

“This is very unique to Pampanga and we are now preparing other access roads to the site,” concluded Castro. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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