GMA News: Mt. Apo temporarily closed / Mt. Pulag is still open according to PAMB / PinoyMountaineer.com in 24Oras

In yesterday’s newscast of 24 Oras, GMA News reported the temporary closure of Mt. Apo. We are still awaiting confirmation from our own sources whether this would include the entire mountain, or just particular trails. (Update: Only the Kidapawan trail is closed according to some sources)

PinoyMountaineer.com was given a chance to air our side on the issue. We stated our stand that we are against the closure of Mt. Pulag, since there is no reason to do so. We reiterated the role of mountaineers as a “check and balance” that not only sustains ecotourism in a responsible way, but also acts as a form of surveillance against wrongful practices such as illegal logging and kaingin which in turn could lead to the brush fires. Just a clarification: the pictures we showed are those of Mt. Batulao and other mountains, they are not pictures of Mt. Pulag. 

In the same news story, the PAMB Chairman Clarence Baguilat also recognized the beneficial role of mountaineers, and reaffirmed the status of Mt. Pulag as open -as of now. Since there are no compelling reason to reverse the situation, we hope that Mt. Pulag will remain open. I am glad that through this news story we are able to clarify this from the PAMB.

However, if the PAMB decides that Mt. Pulag will remain open, I hope that all mountaineers and visitors will act carefully and responsibly. Let us not give anyone any reason to doubt our stand that we are responsible and beneficial visitors to the National Park. Now that there is nationwide attention on the mountain fires, let us continue proving the point that we pose no harm to the environment. Hence, to use the overused but still very relevant motto, let’s us continue to “Take Nothing But Pictures, Leave Nothing But Footprints, Kill Nothing But Time.”

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27 Comments on "GMA News: Mt. Apo temporarily closed / Mt. Pulag is still open according to PAMB / PinoyMountaineer.com in 24Oras"


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Tikoy
7 years 17 days ago

Bukas po ang davao side..just contact Sir Julius Paner, kung malaki budget nyo sa digos n kayo dumaan. medyo mataas n kasi sumingil dun, grabe 720 na ang registration..kumikitang kabuhayan na..sa sibulan 300 lang, mas maganda pa daan..

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Anonymous
7 years 18 days ago

ano status sa closure? pwede na ba umakyat,i plan sa may 1st week, sino pa ba ung mat plan sa may 1st week,sabay tau 09993632196

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Anonymous
7 years 23 days ago

When I first saw the picture of the said Mt Pulag. I knew it's not Mt. Pulag. What is saw is Mt. Batulao. haha. And then sir Gid confirmed it on the article. hehe. I knew it! You said it well Take 5. You're right! tulad ng hinala namin sa Mt. Cristobal kaya nasunog or "NISUNOG"
_BASE CAMP OUTDOORS Laguna_ TJ

Guest
7 years 1 month ago

wala bang mag confirm if ok na umakyat ngayon sa mt. Apo?

Any guides or links na nagpapatunay na pwede na umakyat. Baka masayang lang ang pera namin pagpunta doon, closed pala! about 30 kami katao. thanks!

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Anonymous
7 years 1 month ago

Ok naba ang mt. apo? or still closed parin?