Province to run canyoneering

The Cebu Provincial Government will help manage the controversial canyoneering activities while contending towns Alegria and Badian settle its differing stand on boundary issues.

Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito “Boboi” Costas said the two towns consented to Capitol’s to oversee canyoneering management of the southern attraction while both LGUs thresh out ways on co-management arising from border question.

“The province will oversee the following: health and safety, visitor management, policy and planning, resource conservation and management,” said Costas.

Last week, Alegria and Badian officials submitted their position papers over the joint management proposed by the Capitol in Cebu’s extreme sports spot.

The two municipalities are currently in boundary dispute over the Kanlaob River.

In its position paper, Alegria agreed co-managing the canyoneering spot with Badian including the uniform package rate of P7,500 for every five guests. However, Alegria offered suggestion that upstream canyoneering or going against the river’s current be prohibited.

Badian, for their part, opposed co-managing the tours with Alegria because they “cannot sit with someone we cannot call an ally,” as stated in the position paper.

The town also said that they can “stand to have its own canyoneering activity separate from that of the Municipality of Alegria.”

Meanwhile, both towns are set to meet on October 21 together with the Provincial Capitol to further discuss the co-management of the canyoneering tours in Cebu south. (Katrina Marie Diaz)