The provincial government, the Department of Tourism-10 (DOT-10), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 10 (DENR-10) began Saturday (March 23) the “Climb Camiguin” campaign, which is pointed at showcasing Camiguin’s chains of volcanoes — especially Mt. Hibok-Hibok — as a stop for adventure-seekers.
Camiguin Gov. Maria Luisa Romualdo said “Climb Camiguin” seeks to develop the province as a choice destination for mountain tourism in the country.
“The province recognizes the potential of volcano tourism for driving the socioeconomic growth and development of the local community,” Romualdo said during the launching.
Mt. Hibok-Hibok and the adjacent Mt. Timpoong were recently declared by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Center for Biodiversity as an ASEAN heritage park.
Now officially known as the Mt. Timpoong-Mt. Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument, the two volcanoes count as among the few protected areas in the country.
The mountain range is also home to some of the endemic species of flora and fauna found in this part of Mindanao.
Some of the similar sites in the Philippines include the Mt. Apo Natural Park, Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park, Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.
DOT-10 Director Marie Elaine Unchuan said the region’s protected areas — Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park, and the Mt. Timpoong-Mt. Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument — have inspired the agency to launch mountain tourism in Northern Mindanao.
News source: Philippine News Agency