Town’s eco-tourism programs thriving


By Ma. Elena Catajan

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Itogon Mayor Oscar Camantiles is happy about various eco tourism sites in his town.

Camantiles said the Kalumbas Falls is now having soft infrastructure interventions.

A validation team previously recommended the area to be feasible for development and promotion saying, “The falls exudes beauty and cascades from few more meters above with overflowing cool and fresh water. The catch basin is a potential swimming attraction.”

Camantiles is driving to find potential tourism sites in town to jumpstart tourism and development.

Meanwhile, Camantiles said Mt. Pigingan is now open as a destination is located in Barangay Dalupirip also the largest barangay in the municipality in terms of land area with various potential tourism resources suitable for development and promotion.

The trail used to be a Japanese Trail during World War II.

Camantiles said another trek is being readied, the Ave Maria Shrine, saying “this could be a religious trek for devotees.”

The shrine is an existing area set up by Belgian missionaries in the past. The local government has devoted a fund for its rehabilitation. “The remnants of the Shrine are still there,” Camantiles said.

He added there is a P1.5 million counterpart of the local government for the rehabilitation of the shrine to be used for the public use component projects like comfort rooms leading to the shrine, trails, and beautification.

Stations of the Cross are envisioned to be set up in the area as well as mysteries of the Holy Rosary. The trek will span three areas, Poblacion, Dalupirip and Tinongdan comprising of seven kilometers.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 25, 2012.

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