Davao City mayor: Climbing Mt. Apo via Mt. Talomo is illegal

THE mayor of Davao City warned mountaineers and tour who are entering Mount Apo through Mount Talomo that they may face sanctions if they do not follow the rules.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in a statement issued Tuesday, April 18, said they have received proof that some are not obeying the city officials' advisory.

“These illegal activities must be stopped and the Davao City Government strongly reminds the public of the possible sanctions to be meted out to violators,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio explained that Mt. Talomo is one of the mountains and watershed areas that the City Government is keenly protecting because of its important ecological value.

"It is the recharge area of the Talomo-Lipadas watershed and the home to the endangered Philippine Eagle," Duterte-Carpio said.

"However, for those who wish to visit the mountain, the public is informed that a comprehensive tourism and cultural plan will be soon rolled out," she added.

Duterte-Carpio said the comprehensive tourism and cultural plan will ensure that the watershed area is protected from human activities that may cause harm to the environment.

"This plan is being undertaken by the City Government of Davao, the Department of Tourism 11 and the Philippine Eagle Foundation, in partnership with the Bagobo community in the area." she said.

She encouraged tour operators, tourists and mountaineers to join in the promotion of environmental protection and become active partners in ensuring that the next generations will still experience a healthy, safe and sustainable biodiversity and ecosystem.

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