Issue of May 5, 2019

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Bayokbok Falls attracts tourists to visit Tublay
by Harley F. Palangchao

ENCHANTING BAYOKBOK FALLS -- Just less than an hour drive from the bustling city of Baguio is the captivating Bayokbok Falls, which offers clean and cool water in its three natural pools at Sitio Sayangan, Barangay Tuel in Tublay, Benguet. The natural wonders of the town such as waterfalls, rivers, caves, and pine-covered forests are starting to draw countless tourists since the local government launched its eco-tourism program. To preserve and conserve these natural wonders, the local government has enjoined all tourists to strictly abide by the rules and respect the people’s culture. -- Harley Palangchao

TUBLAY, Benguet – Efforts to boost the eco-tourism program of this fifth class municipality are gaining ground with thousands of tourists visiting its captivating Bayokbok Falls at Sitio Sayangan in Barangay Tuel.

The Bayokbok Falls, famous for its pristine and cool water in its three natural pools, has been drawing domestic and foreign visitors since the municipal government under Mayor Armando Lauro launched the renewed eco-tourism program with its partners from the private sector.

Bayokbok Falls is just 30 to 40 minutes drive from Baguio City passing through the Alapang-Alno-Tuel Road from the Halsema Highway more or less 300 meters after the Benguet Capitol. Follow the road where signages of the Alno sanitary landfill are visible. People along way are willing to help motorists for direction.

The local government of Tublay has partnered with the University of the Cordilleras through its Project HELEN and the group of former Environment Sec. Gina Lopez for the promotion of the town’s eco-tourism program.

Lauro said that Tublay has its share in Benguet’s eco-tourism map, as he claimed that the town is home to waterfalls and caves aside from an ideal place for trekking and rock climbing.

Tublay residents are successful in preserving and conserving its natural wonders despite the town’s proximity to Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet, two of the densely populated urban areas in the Cordillera.

While Tublay LGU and the host communities are preparing for the infrastructure components to improve eco-tourism services, visitors are encouraged to observe some of the important rules when visiting Bayokbok Falls, as well as the Paterno and Bengaongao Caves and other eco-tourism sites in the municipality:

Always register to the tourism or information area at the host village;

All guests will be required to undergo brief orientation on the do’s and don’t’s when visiting eco-tourism sites;

All guests must bring with them their trash and used clothes when leaving the sites;

Bringing of foods and drinks is allowed, but liquor is strictly prohibited;

Bring extra clothes and waterproof bags when carrying camera and other valuable items;

Use of shampoo or soaps when bathing on the pools or rivers is prohibited; and

Never take plants and stalactite and stalagmite bits.

Guests are also encouraged to respect people from the host communities and to patronize their products or services to help them sustain local economy generated by the eco-tourism program of the municipality.

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