• Female trekker missing in Mt. Banahaw

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    DOLORES, Quezon: The Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Council (PDRRMC) initiated today a search and rescue operation for a female mountaineer who went missing in Mount Banahaw in the town of Dolores.

    According to Quezon PDRRMC Chief Dr. Henry Buzar, they have dispatched a team to look for the woman trekker who has been missing since Sunday.

    Police records identified the missing person as 27-year-old Nina Gacutan, a call-center agent and a resident of Quiapo, Manila.

    Initial reports revealed that Gacutan went hiking in Mount Banahaw on May 23, together with Noel Ong and Artemio Lago, both residents of Las Piñas. The three were accompanied by a mountaineer guide identified as Roberto Viaro. Gacutan went missing while on descent to the crater of Mount Banahaw.

    Meanwhile, the Dolores Municipal Environment Office said the trekkers were trespassing because they entered a protected area, which has been declared a no-entry zone to climbers since 2004 due to its deteriorating condition.

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