Famous falls in Samboan, Cebu, close for a month for rehab
CEBU CITY, Philippines – The 8-level Aguinid Falls in Barangay Tangbo, Samboan, south of Cebu, will temporarily close from June 17 to July 17, to let them “naturally recover from the devastating effects of the on-going El Niño phenomenon and mass human entry.”
Visitors are also advised to try other adventure sites offered by the town, like trekking to Dau Waterfalls and the Hidden Binalayan Falls.
The barangay said the closure will also give them and the tour guides time to review current practices, rules, and regulations to be able to comply with environmental laws.
They will also add more guidelines and precautionary safety measures for both visitors and the local guides.
“It officially opened in 2013, and has become a must-see destination ever since. It is part of the town's eco-tourism thrust. In 2016, the Aguinid Falls won SunStar Cebu's 'Best of Cebu' for Best Ecotourism Experience,” a Facebook post from the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office reads.
For an entrance fee of P40, P20 goes to the local government unit for the environment fee, P10 goes to the barangay, and the remaining P10 serves as the honorarium for the volunteer tour guides.
Aguinid has 30 local guides.
The amendments proposed by the barangay include the increase in entrance fees as well as providing a standard fee for the guides. – Rappler.com
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