Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez has filed several bills seeking to declare caves and waterfalls in the city as ecotourism sites. He recently discussed this with officials from the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional offices last Friday, August 5, at his Congressional Office at Brgy. Nazareth.

Accordingly, the DOT, DENR, and DPWH have agreed to create a joint committee to conduct ecological assessments on all locations. While development is the main goal, the emphasis will be on conserving the area and ensuring no excessive disturbance in the natural state of the caves and falls.

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Macahambus Cave and Sinulom Falls are among the popular ecotourism sites in the city

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The following are the House bills filed by Cong. Rufus. Links for text files (available only) provided.

Caves in Cagayan de Oro

HB 2448 – Huluga Caves 1 & 2 in Barangay Indahag
HB 2449 – Kalapat Cave in Dansolihon
HB 2450 – Kweba de Oro in Bayanga
HB 2451 – Langag Cave in Dansolihon
HB 2452 – Macahambus Cave in Bayanga
HB 2453 – Mambuaya Cave in Mambuaya
HB 2454 – Bolutohan Cave in Indahag
HB 2455 – Calabera Cave in Indahag

Waterfalls in Cagayan de Oro

HB 2870 – Migtalahid Falls in Dansolihon
HB 2871 – Birhen Falls in Dansolihon
HB 2872 – Igbalalay Falls in Balubal
HB 2873 – Migtugsok Falls in FS Catanico
HB 2874 – Sinulom Falls and Bulao Cold Spring in Tinagpoloan
HB 2875 – Ulo Balongkot Falls in Dansolihon

The bills filed by Rodriguez have been referred to the Committee on Tourism and await their second reading.

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with photos by Rep. Rufus B Rodriguez

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