MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan: To protect the lives of travelers, tourists and students, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado has issued an executive order regulating the conduct of visits to eco-tourism sites in the province.
EO 12 states that no field trips, educational tours, foot and off-road trekking and other similar activities shall be conducted or held along Madlum Caves, Biak na Bato National Park and other tourist spots within Bulacan that are considered “danger zones” or “hazard areas” as identified by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council without prior coordination and permission of the local government unit of the concerned municipality and barangay. Absolute prohibition shall apply during rainy seasons and/or occurrence of tropical depression and low pressure weather system.
“Alam naman natin na dumarami na talaga ang mga turista at bisitang gustong makarating sa Biak na Bato dahil bukod sa historically known, it is refreshing to see nature once in a while, pero nag-iingat tayo dahil ‘yung mga ganitong lugar, posibleng tamaan nga ng flash floods, torrential rains, tropical storms at iba pang kalamidad na maaaring maging banta sa kaligtasan ng mga pumupunta dito,” Alvarado explained.
The EO also stated that a letter of request for coordination and written permission is required to be filed at the office of the municipal or city mayor and the barangay captain at least five days before the conduct of the said activity. Then, the mayor and barangay captain will have to respond to it within three days after filing.
The barangay tanod of the concerned locality must also escort the tourists during the activity.