It is time to move on from the problems of the past. As a result of the reported theft in Sembrano, climbing activity decreased by an estimated 60% and I’m sure this is more than enough for the locals to realize that they better fix their backyard to attract more visitors. Although no charges were officially filed, the suspect was severely reprimanded by leading officials in the locality and no further cases of theft have been reported to us. Hence, as of June 1, 2009 the Climb Advisory vs. Sembrano has been lifted in PinoyMountaineer.com. Thus it is our opinion that it is safe to climb Sembrano — the usual precautions still apply of course.
Then we also reported about a local dispute in Talamitam between Nick Wijangco and a group of locals called CCEM led by Bro. Ted Calimag. Without rendering judgment on their arguments, we have to note and appreciate the efforts of the latter in nurturing the mountain – this includes a tree-planting activity last week – and I hope that the whole local community will join hands in protecting and promoting Talamitam. We have not heard of any mountaineer-related problem since this issue came up and it is also our opinion that it is safe to climb Talamitam.