Canyoneering Activities in Cebu May Be Suspended Soon
Local government might impose a two-month ban starting June 1.
by Gene Loves Acosta | May 25, 2016
Those who haven’t experienced the adventure trek in the river traversing Alegria and Badian town may have to wait a little longer as Cebu’s Vice Governor Agnes Magpale wants the Capitol to regulate the thrilling activity after four accidents involving tourists were reported in the last two months.
In a report from Sunstar, the acting Governor said, “We are not yet ready for this type of high-risk tourism.” Magpale proposes that guides should have adequate training and that some of the activities must be regulated.
Meanwhile, Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) head Baltazar Tribunalo suggested a two-month ban starting June 1 so they can come up with guidelines to ensure the safety of tourists.
“There’s no longer any discipline. We need to look at this again carefully, more so because La Niña is threatening to develop. Water in the rivers will rise and we don’t want any deaths so there is a need to revisit policies,” Tribunalo told reporters.
Tribunalo’s recommendations include having strict rules to follow, training for the guides, educating everyone on proper garbage disposal, and a month-long training on how tourism activities must be held in the two towns involved.
Canyoneering in Cebu, which is considered as extreme sports, starts with an adrenaline-pumping river current ride and entails sliding down huge boulders and jumping from waterfalls (with seven jumping areas 20 to 50 feet high).