Remember Mt. Anggas in Brgy. G. Pelaez in Gitagum? We had to take down our post last April thru request of local mountaineers expressing apprehension about the influx of ‘trekkers’ in the area. But a couple of months since then, the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental is now actively promoting “Explore Gitagum: Mt. Anggas” to further spur eco-tourism in this part of the province.
Local tourism officials have visited the site to check its potential with the help of local guide Engr. Raul Ilogon. Mt. Anggas is now being promoted as a suitable site for camping and trekking adventures with its scenic mountain ridges subject, however, to five specific guidelines for your safety and security, as follows:
1. Always attend the briefing. Do not go on your own. – Before stepping in to your journey, always seek for a briefing or you may refer to Nyors Playground. Your safety and security is one of their utmost responsibilities.
2. Do not throw your garbage anywhere. – As a responsible mountaineer, we need to follow the LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLE. It means that we need to be cognizant with our actions – let’s not throw our garbage anywhere. Hence, your micro-effort would bring macro-result by doing this.
o Follow establish trail
o Don’t step on grass
o Don’t stand atop natural rock formation
o Open fire and bonfires is prohibited
o Don’t wander outside trails, designated stops and camping areas
o Causes of wild fires
Camping stove if not handled properly
Smoking (Cigarette butts and matches)
Mineral water in plastic bottles
Bon fires or open fire
3. Always wear your proper clothing and footwear. – Avoid trekking at hot or high temperature. What to wear?
Long Trek pants – protection against cogon grass
Long rash guard shirt – protection against heat/sun and Along-along cogon grass
Bush hat or umbrella – against heat of the sun
Extra shirt and short pants – waterfalls are inviting
• Slippers and sandals not allowed (Trails slippery and steep)
4. Do not make vandals. – Vandalism is punishable by law.
Painting and carving on rocks and trees
Breaking down natural rock formation
Cutting and carving tree trunks and branches
5. To protect and preserve its beauty, let us be a responsible mountaineer. – To preserve and protect its beauty, consider these factors:
o No smoking during trek (Smoke in designated areas)
o Let natural sound be heard
o Avoid loud voices and noises
o No loud music
o No shouting except in emergency
o No using of earphones during trek
o Be courteous to locals and fellow trekkers
o Take breaks away from trail
o Yield to other users on the trail
o For campers – light out at 11pm
Respect farm animals and wildlife
o Hunting for birds and spiders is strictly prohibited
o Don’t frighten cows, goats, pigs and chicken
o Don’t disturb wildlife
o Cattle react to bright red orange colored clothing and might attack
o Never feed animals or leave food waste
Visitors and adventurers who wish to explore Mt. Anggas can send a message thru the provincial tourism office’s official page (LINK) or you can call/text Engr. Raul Ilogon through this number 09164333878. Browse over some photos below.
Just recently, Department of Tourism Regional Director Marie Elaine Salvaña-Unchuan took the challenge to delve the unseen beauty of Gitagum’s Mt. Anggas.
It’s a good camping site too…while watching the sunset.
Are you ready to explore Mt. Anggas? Check out our previous post below.