Governor Hilario P. Davide III temporarily suspended all canyoneering-related activities in Cebu South for two months.
In an executive order issued yesterday, Davide ordered the closure of canyoneering sites in Barangay Compostela, Alegria town and in Barangay Matutinao, Badian town from June 1 until August 1, 2016.
This is in response to the recommendation of provisional closure from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) pending a “formulation of policies and strict guidelines to ensure the safety of residents and tourists in the sites.”
The temporary suspension will also give way for a “cooperation and close coordination between the local government of Alegria and Badian in the regulation of canyoneering activities in the area.”
Last May 19, PDRRMO conducted a risk assessment in a canyoneering site in Kanlaob River from Alegria to Badian following reports of accidents involving local and foreign tourists.
Four accidents in the area were reported in this year alone.
In their assessment report, PDRRMO recommended the need for formulation of price ceiling for canyoneering activities, regulation and registration of local guides and tour operators, as well as training for tour guides on emergency medical response and water safety, among others.
Canyoneering is an eco-adventure activity in southern part of Cebu province that has been gaining popularity from local and foreign tourists. (Lianne Llesol)