DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources OIC Regional Director Paquito Moreno said stronger partnership with organizers of tourism adventure events is needed.
Moreno said organizers have so far coordinated with the DENR for their events to be able to have environmentally sound activities, which will truly be sustainable.
Moreno said the region has over 1,600 of forest covers and it is imperative to protect these.
Moreno said coordination with local government units works towards the safety of adventure treks in the region.
u201c[Organizers] are working on a platform of environmental protection,” he reported.
Moreno said the DENR is protecting critical habitats within the region especially for adventure treks, which has become popular these days.
“Our LGUs as well as our Bantay Gubat personnel are working for these,” Moreno added.
Sports adventure and eco–tourism has been increasing for the region with events held in provinces centered on sports tourism with trekking, mountain biking, running and various altitude sports, which likewise promote the beauty and natural terrain of the province.
Treks up to the summits of both Mount Pulag and Ugo have increased participants as well as the Northface 100, which have lured foreign contingents.
In 2010, the Kabayan ascent to Mt. Pulag was criticized for allowing almost 300 climbers to trek all at one time, breaking carrying capacity limits.