Mountain News: Mt. Halcon reopening update from Sialdang Mountaineers
BACO, ORIENTAL MINDORO – Mt. Halcon, or Mt. Sialding, is undergoing a lengthy process of dialogue and planning before the 5 years’ moratorium (2006-2011) comes to an end this year. The PANSULA, a traditional Mangyan ritual, was conducted recently to determine whether the mountain can be opened to outsiders.
The rest of the PANSULA was positive: Mt. Halcon may now be opened to outsiders. However, this is not yet official; this is not yet the final step in the process of reopening the mountain.
The final step is the revision of the new ordinance of the local government of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, and other small but important matters.
Thus, at the moment (April 24, 2011), Mt. Halcon is NOT YET open, but the reopening is imminent. We will update everyone about Mt. Halcon’s reopening the moment the ordinance is approved, together with the details.
PS: As for mountaineers who are “scheduled” to climb Halcon, please verify who you are dealing with regarding this matter, and whether or not they really have the authority to speak in behalf of all concerned. You may be deceived, or accosted by the PNP or AFP. In other words, you climb at your own risk.
At the moment, the following agencies are the only ones authorized to speak concerning Mt. Halcon climbing:
(1) Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro – Tourism Office
(2) Municipal Tourism Office / Municipal Planning & Development Council – Baco
The following agencies are involved with the planning and dialogue re. Mt. Halcon, but they need not be directly contacted, to avoid confusion: PGOM, MBCFI, DENR, PG-ENRO, NCIP, SANAMA, SAABA, Baco-LGU, Naujan-LGU, San Tedoro-LGU, at Sialdang Mountaineering Cub, Inc. (SMCi)
Information relayed through this post was made in coordination with the Sialdang Mountaineers. PinoyMountaineer.com will continue to provide relevant updates on the status of Mt. Halcon in the future. We are thankful to the Hans Ong de Guzman of the/and Sialdang Mountaineers for their initiative to update the rest of the mountaineering community regarding this!
NOTE: For feedback/clarifications from other concerned parties, please email the blogger at email@example.com
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5 Comments on "Mountain News: Mt. Halcon reopening update from Sialdang Mountaineers"
tama nga..dapat wag na buksan yan ksi ung ibang mountaineers na gsto umakyat bawal pero ung mga illegal logging pede..
mga oldies/old school na kase ang mga miembro ng HALMS. most of them are not adept with the intricacies of the internet nor do they find time to fiddle with their sons/grandson's pc… but on the ground i think they are active din naman. Ground zero nga lang, not on the net. just my 2 cents on the matter.
pansula? positive vibes para magbukas ang halcon sa mga mountaineers? e mga illegal loggers matagal ng nasa taas ah, hindi ba sila bawal dun o dahil meron silang skwuala o protektado ng kingpin?….. kung tlgang sarado nga ang halcon e di wala tlgang tao dapat umakyat dyan ,mapa kaliwa, kanan, o mammutol kahoy… ang daming delays.. wag na lang ibukas para mas kumita ang nkabarong na nkaupo… si juan de la cruz ay gustong umakyat pero hindi mka akyat kc my nkaharang na pinutol na kahoy..– sana ipost ito–
juan de la cruz —–
Are the Halcon Mountaineers not involved with the planning and dialouge?…. what happened to them?…'thought they were the one who has the concern about this?….
interesting stories on the lengths people are willing to go through or the embarrassments they are willing to face just to claim the fame that they have climbed this mountain while it's still closed. =D