VM wants to develop village’s ‘secret paradise’

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CEBU City Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella wants Barangay Budlaan to formulate several safety guidelines that will regulate the use of Kabang Falls.

After the three reported fatal incidents in the area, Labella said there is a need for local and foreign tourists to follow certain rules on safety while trekking and swimming in the falls.

Last month, a 17-year-old football player from Cagayan de Oro reportedly drowned in the place.


“We need to come up with a regulation to secure the safety since the barangay captain told me that surreptitious tourists from all over the country visit the place,” Labella told reporters.

Kabang Falls, located in Sitio Baugo about 2 kilometers away from Budlaan proper, has the potential to become the barangay’s local tourist attraction, Labella said.

He also hopes to attract adventurous tourists to visit the place, considering its location.

Regulating use of the falls, Labella said, will also help the barangay earn extra income.

Getting there

From Cebu City, one has an option to take a public utility vehicle from the downtown area to reach Barangay Talamban, where one can take a motorcycle that will take them to Budlaan Barangay Hall.

From the barangay hall, one needs to trek for two kilometers to reach the falls.

Labella visited the falls yesterday to personally see what needs to be done in the area.

The acting mayor, along with barangay officials and journalists, walked a four-kilometer steep slope and went up a river to reach the falls and go back to the barangay proper.

“It’s like a secret paradise when you reach the area,” Labella said.

He said he will bring the matter to the City Council to formalize the rules and regulations in the area and for the City to set aside fund for the development.

“I am also inviting my colleagues in the City Council to come over and see for themselves that in our city, there are beautiful spots that have yet to be discovered,” Labella added.

Barangay’s share

Budlaan Barangay Captain Nerissa Antolihao said she will ask the barangay council to immediately draft the necessary resolution that will cover the formulation of the guidelines in using the Kabang falls and the Tinisig-uwang Falls, which is located next to the first falls.

“We also want to develop the area but we really need the help of the City Government,” Antolihao said.

She added that since the barangay has yet to set any policy in using the falls, tourists just come and go in the area.

“They go straight to the falls. Only those that come in big groups ask our help in going to the place,” Antolihao said.

While the barangay has yet to impose guidelines in the area, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council executive director Simeon Romarate urged tourists to bring safety equipment, such as life jackets and first aid kits when doing trekking and swimming in Kabang Falls.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.

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