DENR classifies eight caves in Bicol Region aimed at protecting, conserving and managing them
Eight caves in the Bicol Region are included in a list of 158 caves that were classified for protection, conservation and management. Six of these caves are categorized as Class 3: “generally safe to inexperienced visitors with no known threatened species and archeological, geological, natural history, cultural and historical values. The caves may also be utilized for economic purposed such as guano extraction and edible birds and collection”. These are: Luyang Cave in Bgy. Lictin, San Andres, Catanduanes; Versales Cave, Bgy Linao,Place, Masbate; Lingaw Cave, Bgy. Linao, Libon, Albay; San Ramon Cave, Bgy. San Ramon, Libon, Albay; Rawis Cave, Bgy. Rawis, Libon, Albay; and Pighulugan Cave, Bgy. Misibis, Bacacay, Albay. Two are classified under Class 2: “with areas or portions which have hazardous conditions and contain sensitive geological, archeological, cultural, historical and biological values or high quality ecosystem. It may be necessary to close sections of these caves seasonally or permanently. It is open to experienced cavers or guided educational tours/visits. These are: Mataas Cave, Bgy. Mataas, Bacacay, Albay; and Calabidongan Cave, Bgy. Calabidongan, Camalig, Albay.
DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales finds this cave classification useful in rationalizing any plans to use the caves for economic purposes. “The Memorandum Circular which the DENR Secretary signs, provides for continuous classification of caves in the country until all caves have been classified. This has an end view of protecting our caves including its natural, historical and cultural attributes”, says RED Gonzales.
Press Release: November 6, 2012