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Oro to host 8th National Cave Confab in March

Cagayan de Oro City (5 February) -- This city will again host a major national conference on caving on March 31-April 6, 2008.

This as the Regional Cave Committee-10 disclosed to City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula that the city will play host to the 8th National Caving Congress which will be held simultaneously with the Philippine Speleological Society Rescue Workshop.

The event is organized by Speleo Mindanao, Inc.; Conservation & Restoration Exercise, Inc. in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-10; Department of Tourism-10 and the local government units of Cagayan de Oro, Manolo Fortich and Sumilao in Bukidnon.

Mayor Jaraula committed to support the event as it will draw tourists to the city especially that Cagayan de Oro is rich in cave systems.

The mayor told the group that he is bent on developing the caves in the city and promote cave tourism as one of selling points of the city's tourism industry.

Along this, Mayor Jaraula said he will soon start the development of the Calavera Cave and its surroundings, and the Macahambus, Monigue and Huluga caves.

An expedition is also set to assess the cave system in the city in line with the congress which is scheduled anytime this month.

Mayor Jaraula pointed out that the richness of the cave system in the city should be promoted and protected at the same time.

The cave congress is expected to draw more than 200 caving, or spelunking, enthusiasts all over the country and is mandated under R.A. 9072 otherwise known as the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.

The event aims to strengthen the camaraderie among the DENR personnel and the caving community; to fast track the implementation and enforcement of R.A. 9072 and enhance methods in cave management, protection and conservation in adoption to the international standards. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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