PinoyMountaineer.com periodically issues “Hiking advisories” as a form of warning to fellow climbers as regards conditions in various mountains. However, they are a matter of personal opinion and must be read in that light.
It’s been three years since we issued the first climb advisory on Mt. Sembrano, which was followed by two other advisories, dated Jan 2010 and May 2011. Although in the latest advisory, we said that “Sembrano is becoming a safer place”, it is unfortunate that in this new advisory, we will have to reiterate our advice for hikers to beware, because we still hear reports that theft persists in Mt. Sembrano up to the present time.
Reports of recent incidents on February 5, 2012 and November 28, 2011 were posted in the comments in the Mt. Sembrano page in PinoyMountaineer
, and we have also heard of some others. It is alarming that even dayhikers can be victimized. From the latest account by Maj Villacorta, it seems that none of the suspects have been arrested or charged in court. This lack of legal action is disconcerting; hikers, especially foreigners, are warned against climbing Mt. Sembrano.
There is a possible safety mechanism, as mentioned by Maj in his comment: “Barangay officials advise mountaineers to have a barangay tanod accompany them throughout the hike to identify and ward out potential thieves.”
I am encouraging all hikers to report any further incidents, or updates about the situation, to help us formulate more advisories in the future. You can update us by commenting on the Mt. Sembrano page
, or by emailing me at email@example.com