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PIA Press Release
2008/11/18

Escalante City, DENR conduct cave assessment

Negros Occidental (18 November) -- The City Government of Escalante through its Tourism Office, the Cave Assessment Team and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted a two-day Cave Assessment and Classification.

The assessment will determine the kind of caves as the first step to effectively manage and protect the natural resources of the city particularly at Barangays Binaguiohan and Dian-ay.

The activity was implemented as provided by Republic Act No. 9072 otherwise known as the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.

Escalante City having many caves was chosen as one of the target sites for spelunking activity in Negros Occidental.

The first day of Assessment was conducted in Cave Dos along the range of Trancalan Cave at Barangay Binaguiohan while the second day was centered on Juanito Gregorio Sr. Cave at Barangay Dian-ay. Barangay Pinapugasan Council also supported the Cave Assessment activity considering that caves are also abundant in their place. The second cave was spotted to be an ecotourism potential.

Escalante City Mayor Melecio J. Yap Jr. is optimistic of the activity especially that the city is blessed with caves with amazing natural structures and rock formations.

The team is composed of representatives from the National Museum for Archaeological Survey, Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau for Geological Survey, DENR, Western Visayas Caving Association for Cave Survey and Mapping, City Tourism Office and members of the other departments of the city. (Escalante City/PIA/EAD) [top]

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