Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mt. Pulag National Park Management To Start Penalizing Trekkers Without Reservations

If you are planning on climbing Pt. Pulag any time soon, you need to get in touch with the Mt. Pulag National Park management for reservations. This has always been the practice at the mountain. However, the park's management has observed that many climbers are deliberately not making reservations and heading "directly to the jump-off areas without passing through the Protected Area Office/Visitors' Center for orientation and the payment of the necessary fees".

In a recent advisory posted on the park's official Facebook page, the management announced that they will commence imposing penalties to climbers who don't have reservations.

The park's management wrote, "This is to inform the public that the park management will now start charging administrative penalties at P25.00/climber for those who do not have reservation including those going to the jump off areas with no orientation particularly at the Akiki Jump Off areas and Babadak Jump Off areas.

It has been observed that there are deliberate and repeat offenders who are going directly to the jump off areas without passing through the Protected Area Office/Visitors' Center for orientation and the payment of the necessary fees.

The trekkers who have reservations are given the privilege to have the reserved porters, guides and the camping grounds."

However, some people are pointing out that the 25-peso penalty is too low. What do you think? Is the amount too low or is it reasonable? Feel free to chime in on the comments section below.
Climbers on the summit of Mt. Pulag. Photo by anna_d via Flickr.








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