With the increased popularity of Mt. Anggas as an outdoor destination, the Municipality of Gitagum in Misamis Oriental has enacted Municipal Ordinance 01-2019 or the Anggas Range Trekking Ordinance in a bid to promote tourism as well as maintain Anggas Range as the town’s natural wealth and preserve its cultural integrity, ecological processes, biological diversity and life support systems.
The ordinance requires all trekkers (foreign or local) to register with the Municipal Tourism Office at least one day before the actual trek to Anggas Range.
Also, the ordinance classifies two types of trails as follows.
- Madre to Kiluy-a
- Sikiton Hills to Madre
- Mondejar Hills to Abaga Falls
- Madre to Anggas Peak
- Sikiton Hills to Anggas Peak
No camping is allowed at Anggas Peak but only at Sikiton Hills and OGBI.
Below is a summary of fees required for Anggas trekkers.
- Registration fee – P250 (to be paid at Municipal Treasurer at least one day before trek)
- Local trekker (bona fide resident of Gitagum) – P125
- Residents of G. Pelaez – FREE
- Porter Fee – P200 for 15 kg max; P25 for every excess baggage (max of 20 kgs)
- Tour Guide Fee – P250/day; 1 tour guide per 6 trekkers will be allowed
Fee for Tour Guide and Porter depend on the trail:
Orientation shall now be mandatory among trekkers which shall include:
- Entrance fees
- Guiding and porterage policies
- Dos and don’ts in adventure/outdoor activities
- Cultural sensitivities along the trails; and
- Solid waste management
Some prohibited acts were also listed as follows:
- Unregistered climbers/trekkers (foreign or local)
- Creating fire for cooking or heating purposes
- Creating bonfire
- Destruction of watershed and greenbelts
- Unauthorized tourist guide and porter
- Littering or improper solid waste disposal
- Illegal taking/harvesting of animals/plants in the area
- Sitting or standing on top of any big rock formation
- Bringing of illegal drugs and deadly weapons, except survival knives with a maximum of 3 inches long
- Unnecessary noise and boisterous acts
- Bringing of liquors/alcoholic drinks
- Painting and carving on rocks and trees
Appropriate penalties will be imposed on violators. First offense will pay P2,000. A second offense would mean a fine of P2,500. A third offense will be meted a fine of P3,000 and automatic ban at Anggas Range.
Read full text of ordinance below courtesy of Libertad Mis. Or. News 24/7 FB page.
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