The city government of Cagayan de Oro is planning to improve the 175-hectare Macahambus Gorge to attract investors and eventually become an eco-tourism site, benefiting local communities.

The site is now considered a heritage site owing to its rich history as the fortress of Cagayan de Oro’s our local heroes during World War II.

Initially, the entire area will be surveyed to determine the boundaries before development would commence.

The area, considered as the only location were the heroes won the battle with a beautiful scenery view of the river, is now being surveyed by the members of the City Council’s committee on tourism along with the Cagayan de Oro Heritage Council, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the City Tourism office.

Because of its terrain, much of the natural vegetation in the area has been preserved. However, increasing visits by tourists in the area due to Macahambus Adventure Park and tour packages such as the sky bridge, and zip line have med it vulnerable to vandalism and exploitation.

The project also aims to include preservation of the gorge.

excerpts from Sun Star article by Nicole Managbanag

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