Cebu City to regulate entry of locals, tourists in the two falls

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CEBU City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Ramil Ayuman said they met with Budlaan barangay officials to discuss measures that would regulate activities in the two falls located in the barangay to avoid the same recent incident that happened in Tinubdan falls in Catmon, northern Cebu last September 26, 2021.

He said they started a trail mapping of the falls in Cebu City early this year. On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, they were able to meet with the Budlaan barangay officials.

Ayuman said the longest of the more than 20 waterfalls in Cebu City, which is the Tinisig-Uwang falls, about 40 meters in height, is located in Budlaan while another falls, the Kabang falls is also in Budlaan.

He said they are set to have a follow up meeting this coming Monday, October 4, 2021, to finalize a resolution that would regulate the entry of locals and tourists in the falls.

"Giuna lang nato ang Budlaan, but ato g'yod ng hangyoon ang ubang mga barangays nga naay mga falls nga nahimutang," he said.

"Off-shoot ni siya atong nahitabo sa Tinubdan nga wa g'yoy nag expect ato no, very tragic g'yod kaayo," he added.

Three people, including a seven year old girl, died when a group of tourists were swept by an unexpected gush of water in Tinubdan falls last September 26.

Ayuman said aside from a resolution, the barangay will also come up with a barangay ordinance as agreed upon by the CDRRMO and the barangay.

Part of this ordinance, he said, will be the imposition of fees that will be used for the caretakers and maintenance.

He, however, said there are some issues surrounding it as the surrounding areas of Kabang and Tinisig-Uwang falls are owned by eight different lot owners.

"Basin mangayo og share ang mga lot owners ba, but in principle, nakasabot na ta and we are targetting this last week of October nga magbutang na g'yod ta sa atong trail marking ug once masaag ka ang kanang mapa nato naay QR code nga naa sad dodto ang mga numbers sa atoang office," he said.

He said if an ordinance will be implemented already, he hopes that someone can already guard the entrance of these areas and guide the tourists especially on off-limit areas.

He said each barangays in Cebu City has 10 barangay-based responders and tour guides in Cebu Province.

He said the Department of Tourism also has an ongoing seminar in barangays Budlaan, Malubog, and Sirao among other mountain barangays.

He also emphasized that falls are not really meant for picnic activities and there should be only a limited number of hours spent in these areas.

Drinking of any alcoholic beverages is also discouraged while swimming in the falls. (WBS)

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