NNNP suspends major trekking activities

Posted by watchmen
September 20, 2021

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) has ordered the suspension of major trekking activities due to the presence of insurgents in some parts of the hinterlands of Negros Occidental.

Volunteers join a clean-up activity in Tinagong Dagat, a popular ecotourism destination inside the Northern Negros Natural Park in this undated photo. The site has been temporarily closed to trekkers effective September 16, 2021, to ensure public safety in the wake of insurgency-related armed conflict in nearby areas. (PNA/file photo courtesy of DENR-PENRO Negros Occidental)

In a special order signed by Engineer Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, NNNP Protected Area Superintendent, they are temporarily suspending trekking activities in the areas of Tinagong Dagat/Danao, Sulfutara, and Pandong Bato.

Meanwhile, minor trekking in the areas of Mayana Peak in San Carlos City; Malatan-og and Kawa Waterfalls in Don Salvador Benedicto; and Malisbog, Dumalabdab and Pulang Tubig Waterfalls in Silay City will continue.

Previously, there were several gun battles between government forces and insurgents of the New People’s Army (NPA) near areas covered by the NNNP.

The latest was in August when government forces belonging to the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion clashed with the NPA in Barangay Kapitan Ramon in Silay City resulting in the death of one soldier and two rebels.

In April, the NPA also torched several units of heavy equipment in Barangay Consing, E.B. Magalona town.

During the arson incident, the rebels also kidnapped and murdered a village watchman./DGB, WDJ

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