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DENR, LGU prepare mngt plan of  cave in Lagangilang

LAGANGILANG, Abra (PIA) -- The local government unit and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) - Lagangilang are closely working together for the management plan of the "Rizalista Cave" in Barangay Laguiben in this town.
This cave was recently classified as "Cave Class II" under DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2021 -13. This means that it contains sensitive geological, archeological, cultural, historical, biological values and high-quality ecosystems.
CENRO Lagangilang   Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Mary Ann Cacho said that the cave is listed as a potential eco-tourism spot of the town. “It is a through and through cave and upon our inspection, it is also naturally built for rock-climbing which is practical for experienced cavers and educational visits, ” she said

“It is a potential eco-tourism spot in the province but right now it still closed to public for the implementation of its management plan,” she disclosed.

LGU Lagangilang is finalizing the requirements for the opening of the cave which involves the imposition of rules and regulations as well as the entrance fee.
“Once opened, we will make sure that the cave is conserved and protected with the presence of cave protection tour guides. The Barangay LGU of Laguiben is very much willing to be part in the management of the cave,” Cacho informed.
 The Rizalista Cave can be a huge contributor to the tourism industry of the LGU.
Under the database of DENR, there are 56 total identified caves in the province of Abra but only 25 were assessed. Last year,  the classified caves in the province included the  Banat Cave of Barangay Bacooc, Lagangilang, Guano Cave in San Juan, Quiling Cave in Dolores and Manomot Cave in Brgy. Laguiben. (JDP/CAGT – PIA CAR, Abra)

LOOK: The LGU of Lagangilang headed by Mayor Ruby Villamor recentl installed a steel ladder inside the Rizalista Cave for the convience of cave visitors. (Lgu Lagangilang photo)

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