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DENR Warns to Close Mount Apo for Trekkers, Mountaineers Following Violations

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has warned to close the highest mountain in the country Mount Apo due to trekkers and mountaineers violations.

According to the DENR in Davao Region, there is a possible closure of the country’s highest mountain after they found some violations committed by the trekkers and mountaineers climbing in the mountain.

DENR Mount Apo
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Littering and vandalism were present along the trail, campsite, and in its environment, said DENR officials found out during their trail and camp assessment last February 11 to 14 on Mount Apo’s Kapatagan trail 

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Based on ABS-CBN News, the officials also learned that the campers have violated the IATF minimum health protocols including social distancing. Aside from that, unregulated noise along the trails and camps, and the presence of alarming cultivation beyond the strict protection zone were also observed.

Since its reopening last November 2020 after the closure due to the pandemic, DENR has limited the number of trekkers from 50, which is the regular capacity, to 25 climbers per climb per day.

It is a 50% reduction of trekkers in compliance with SUB -PAMB Resolution No.27, Series of 2020, and IATF Omnibus Guidelines. The assessment report also revealed that there is the possible use of prohibited substances on Mount Apo due to the presence of “Maryjane” found on the way going to the crater.

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