Issue of June 11, 2017
     
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Kayapa, Itogon to coordinate in tourism management of Mt. Ugo
by Ofelia C. Empian

The municipalities of Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya and Itogon, Benguet need to sit down to clear out policies regarding the management of Mt. Ugo.

Itogon Councilor Norbert Pacio said they have recommended to the barangay council of Tinongdan to sit down with barangays Pangawan and Kayapa Proper in Nueva Vizcaya.

Pacio, chair of tourism committee, said the barangays need to coordinate in settling policies particularly the entrance fees inside the hiking destination.

Mt. Ugo sits in the vicinity of Itogon, Benguet and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. The established jump-off point for most tourists is in Kayapa.

For the more challenging route, hikers can enter from Itogon through barangays Tinongdan and Dalupirip and exit in Kayapa. In the Kayapa trail, tourists can traverse the Old Spanish trail and see a part of the Cordillera ridge with the mossy forests. Tourists can then exit through the pine forests of Tinongdan.

Pacio said each barangay collects entrance fees from tourists, depending on where they entered and exited. 

He said various tourists are wondering why they needed to pay two fees when entering and exiting Mt. Ugo.

“Both sides need to sit down and coordinate. They need to explain to tourists the situation,” Pacio said.

Pacio said the registration fee is P200 per head at Barangay Tinongdan. He said 50 percent is given to the indigenous peoples group in the area, 10 percent to the municipality, and 40 percent to the barangay.

The 50 percent of the fee are divided to the Domolpos Ancestral Domain (30 percent) and Lusod-Ambasa Ancestral Domain (20 percent).

Mt. Ugo is an ancestral domain of the Iowak and Kalanguya indigenous group of Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet.


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