TRASH PROMPTS CLO­SURE OF MOUN­TAIN PROV­INCE TRAIL

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS - —KARLSTON LAPNITEN

BAGUIO CITY— Trash left by tourists along the hik­ing route link­ing Mt. Amuyao in Moun­tain Prov­ince and the rice ter­races in Ifu­gao prov­ince has prompted a town to close this pop­u­lar trail start­ing May 1.

Mayor Gen­e­sis Changi­lan of Barlig town in Moun­tain Prov­ince has or­dered the trail’s clo­sure due to garbage aban­doned at the sum­mit of Mt. Amuyao ap­par­ently by trekkers from Batad rice ter­races at Banaue town in Ifu­gao.

Hunt­ing ground

Ac­cord­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tal guide­lines, trekkers who climb Mt. Amuyao must bring down their trash to Barangay Ma­calana, the des­ig­nated jump-off point and exit in Barlig. The town col­lects en­vi­ron­men­tal fees from trekkers.

Mt. Amuyao has been de­scribed as a tra­di­tional hunt­ing ground for Barlig res­i­dents that has be­come a pop­u­lar trekking des­ti­na­tion, es­pe­cially Hun­ters’ Cave.

At the sum­mit, trekkers have a good view of the prov­inces of Abra, Benguet, Ifu­gao, Kalinga, Ca­gayan and Is­abela.

Changi­lan said the tem­po­rary shut­down of the trail would al­low Mt. Amuyao to re­gen­er­ate. The town gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the new Barlig-Mt. Amuyao-Kada­clan trail as an al­ter­na­tive route for trekkers that would “show­case sev­eral tourist des­ti­na­tions in Barlig.”

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