Halcon reopening update

I was just informed by the Municipality of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, that a Mt. Halcon climb was held on Sept. 4-7, 2008 to make an assessment about the mountain’ readiness for reopening. This would be the first sanctioned Halcon climb done in over three years. The lucky group of climbers were given permission by the town council for the said purpose, and the climb seemed to have been successful. They have yet to submit their report, however, to the municipality.

This development comes after we got a false alarm last March on a possible Halcon reopening. At that time, the Mangyan leaders objected. This latest climb may be an indication that the tribal leaders are now more amenable to allow climbers to their domain.

So, will Halcon be reopened anytime soon? Don’t count on it yet. There is a municipal ordinance in Baco that restricts climbing to the months of April and May.

There is a “very good chance”, however, that Halcon will be reopened by April 2009.

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14 Comments on "Halcon reopening update"

12 years 7 months ago
13 years 8 months ago

maraming salamat po sir…more power!

14 years 21 days ago

marami pong salamat sa lahat ng impormasyon sir! talaga po namang malaking tulong kayo sa lahat ng mountaineers! mabuhay po kayo!

14 years 22 days ago

thnx for update sir gid..

14 years 24 days ago

Magandang Araw po sa lahat.

Yun pong nangyaring climb last summer sa Halcon (or Sialdang) ay hindi po initiated ng mga mountaineers na involve sa nasabing climb.
Ito po ay conducted and sanctioned by the Municipilaty of Baco together with Sangguniang Brgy of Lantuyang and the Samahan ng mga Alangang Mangyan sa Baco (SAABA).
Bago po nito ay nagkaroon ng pagpupulong na inanyayahan nga pong imbitahan ng mga nasabi ang Sialdang Mountaineering Club, para mapagusapan kung kailangan na nga bang buksan sa 2011 ang bundok at kung anong mga hakbangin ang dapat gawin.
Kasunod po nito ay napagkasunduang gumawa ng isang inspection and assessment climb, nang sa gayon ay malaman ang tunay na kalagayan ng bundok.
Sa pagpupulong din pong ito ay napagkasunduang imbitahan ang iba pang mountaineer na nakasama nga sa nasabing akyat.
Makatapos po nito ay nagkaroon ng panibagong pagpupulong kung saan dinaluhan ng LGU ng Baco, SB ng Lantuyang, SAABA, DENR, PGENRO, Prov'l Tourism at Sialdang Mountaineering Club, na ginanap pa rin sa Bulwagan ng Brgy Lantuyang.
Kasunod po nito ay magkakaroon ng isang pormal na joint session ang LGU ng Baco at SB ng Lantuyang kasama pa rin ang mga nabanggit kanina, ito po ay gaganapin sa Session Hall ng Baco ngayong darating na mga araw.

Umaasa po kayo na gagawin namin ang lahat upang maupdate kayo at para di magkaroon ng mga maling pagkakaintindi sa mga nangyayari.

Ibibigay ko po ang mga links na kung saan ay makakapagupdate kayo, hihingin ko lang po muna ang pahintulot ng mga kasamahan na nagaasikaso dito sa Mindoro.

Maraming Salamat po!

-Hans of SMC from Mindoro