Mt. Banahaw still closed / Mt. Cristobal still open

This morning I spoke with Ms. Sally Pangan, Park Superintendent (DENR PASU) upon whose jurisdiction Mt. Banahaw and Mt. Cristobal falls under. We discussed the status of the mountains, the prospects for reopening. Here is the gist of our conversation:

The five-year closure order of Mt. Banahaw was enacted in 2004. Doesn’t that mean that we can expect a Banahaw reopening this year?
No. The reckoning is different…this year would just be the fifth year of the order. We will reopen after the five years, that means we can only do so in 2010. Prior to that, feasibility studies will be done and the carrying capacity of the mountain will have to be determined.

But between then and now, your office issued permits to climb. In fact, the current knowledge of many mountaineers is by going to Pagbilao, they can get a permit.
Yes, we issued permits for clean-up climbs up Banahaw. You see, some areas along the Cristalino trail still had a lot of garbage, covered very thinly by soil. We have determined these to antedate the closure order. Of course, the climbers went to the summit na rin; from Kapatagan it is quite close anyway.

So, no permits will be issued for now?
Yes. My superiors told me na wag na muna, especially with the studies under way.

What is the extent of the closure order?
Cristalino and Tatlong Tangke trails are closed; so is the trail from Sariaya, what is known as “Ilalim”. Moreover, last year, a moratorium was passed that includes the Tayabas trail. For this naman, the reason is different: it is due to treasure hunting activity in the area.

What about Mt. Cristobal?
Cristobal is wide open. But we would like climbers to coordinate with us pa rin sana. Look at what happened last year, there were those who got lost and we had no idea how to help them, not knowing their background and itinerary.

Thank you very much. Please let us know if there are updates.
Yes, I will coordinate with you through email or text if there are changes in the status. Thank you!

The updates we got from this conversation will be reflected in the “Closed mountains” bulletin and the Mt. Banahaw page in PinoyMountaineer.com

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46 Comments on "Mt. Banahaw still closed / Mt. Cristobal still open"


Guest
7 years 4 months ago

Lol… di ko ini-expect na magtatanong din ako kung open na ang Banahaw this coming holyweek, next Thursday na yun, so from 2004 or 2005 to 2013 eh close pa rin ba? Siguro nmn sa dami ng special permits and illegal permits na nrelease eh kahit papaano siguro eh nalinis na ang Banahaw,nka recover na siguro, wala ako sa side ng mga mountaineers pero 97.5% yung basura nila eh binababa pa nila,minsan may nag iipon sa sack at ilalagay sa tabi para madaanan ng cleaners, if regarding nmn sa barilan daw kuno eh siguro nmn eh lupa na yung mga tinatagong bangkay DAW, sa Miners,we understand your side,mahirap ang buhay. Pero suss ko nmn,kapirasong lupa,bundok lang ang nasa Pinas,maawa nmn kayo.nakakalungkot lang dahil kung kelan buo na ang loob namin at planado na eh tsaka pa nabasa ang mga ito,anyway tatawag na rn sa DENR, first time nmn sa Banahaw kung open na sya sa visitors,paalala na lang din sa mga aakyat na makakabasa nito,nakinabang at makikinabang pa tayo sa kagandahan ng likas yaman ng tanawin,tubig,hangin,hayop kahit bawal eh tuloy pa rin kayo sa pag hunt, eh hayaan nyo nmn na pakinabangan din tayo ni Banahaw,ano ba nmn yung 2 plastics to kalhating sako ng mga basura bitbit pababa, bababa ka na rin lang, pawisan na, tapos ilagay sa tamang basurahan o ibigay sa mga nangangasiwa sa bundok,wag tayo mahiya sa pagbitbit ng basura,ginawa lang natin yung part natin hindi bilang mountaineer,cleaners,deboto, Filipino, tourist, kundi bilang isang tao na may isip,hindi lang para sa Banahaw,Cristobal kundi sa lahat,ang ganda ng pinas, napakaganda. Elementary pa lang may Panatang Makabayan na,.nasaan na yung TUTUPARIN KO? Anyway, sa mga aakyat,inform nyo naman ako and need friends na rin sa pag explore, 3 couples lang kami,first time sa Banahaw, sa Batangas kami magmumula and walang idea sa pagpunta,here is my number, 0927-786-2739, and sa mga mountaineers, try nyo itong province ni lola ko, MT. Napulak, Igcabugao, sa iloilo yan and MT. Maculot sa Cuenca,Batangas. Thanks

Guest
atong
8 years 5 months ago

sir/maam: open npo ba cia this year?…

>SAINT ANDREWS FIELD MOUNTANEERS<

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atong
8 years 5 months ago

sir/maam: open npo ba cia this year?…

>SAINT ANDREWS FIELD MOUNTANEERS<

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Anonymous
9 years 1 month ago

Sir/Maam me available ba na map ang trail ng Banahaw?

>ENVIRONMENTAL MOUNTAINEER<

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Lester
9 years 2 months ago

Ive been there last june of 2009, and I climbed with my friends with our own risk, we were guided by a member of what they call "namamanata".. He guided us up to the "unang dungaw". And still we've seen many people climbing,including the barangay tanods.. I think the DENR should open this beautiful mountain to the public and see its wonderful ecosystem and beautiful views.. I also think na rehabilitated na ang banahaw, and its ready to welcome responsible mountaineers.. Or we can suggest that only mountaineers who has registered mountaineering teams or groups should be allowed to enter.. well its only a suggestion.. think about it.. =))