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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 07, 2012


Newly discovered “bird watching site” in Penablanca to be open for public viewing

by Oliver T. Baccay

PENABLANCA, Cagayan, Jan. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) - Region 2 has proposed to 3rd district Cong. Randolph Ting and other local officials to develop the newly iscovered bird watching site in the southern part of this town as an additional tourist attraction which will be opened to the public.

Ting said that based on the project proposal of the department, they will develop the road access to the site and establish additional recreation areas and shades to encourage visitors to experience the uncommon adventure.

“I am very willing to help together with other officials to enhance this tourist site for the development of our tourism industry which is one of the major sources of our economic growth," Ting said.

Ting also said DOT wants to establish a trail and a viewing deck in the site which is specifically located at Mt. Hamot, a mountainous and inaccessible to any type of vehicle yet. The site is said to be the haven of different species of birds that thrive in the Sierra Madre.

He further stated that he will also propose for the establishment of some houses in the areas as ‘homestay’ wherein tourist could spend night and day in the area to further explore the zone.

The said destination was discovered by the members of the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club (SMOC), a non- government organization that is working for the preservation of the environment.

The site is part of the protected landscape and seascape of the town and the Sierra Madre Natural Park.

Penablanca is declared as the flagship tourist destination of this province and the region because of its beautiful caves and other natural tourist destinations. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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