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RESTRICTED ACCESS | City’s mini-Asik-Asik Falls off limits to recreational activities

Photo courtesy of John Patrick Laurel

RECREATIONAL and leisure activities are strictly prohibited in (mini) Asik-Asik Falls in Barangay Carmen, Baguio District.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) issued the advisory following a recent occurrence of mass wasting (downhill movement of rock and soil due to gravity) on Jan. 15 of this year.

According to the CDRRMO, the area was previously assessed on February 23, 2022, due to the occurrence of the same hazard.  Based on the Detailed Flood and Landslide Susceptibility Map of DENR-Mines Geosciences Bureau XI, the area is classified as highly susceptible to landslides.

The mini-Asik Asik Falls has become a well-known tourist attraction in Davao City as it resembles the famous destination in Alamada, North Cotabato.

With the recent findings, however, tourists visiting the area are at risk of natural hazards such as rock falls, landslides, and flooding, especially during heavy rainfall.

The prohibition of all recreational activities in the areas identified as landslide and flood-prone was reiterated in Barangays Carmen and Tamayong.

The Barangay Councils of Carmen and Tamayong, Bantay Bukid, and the security cluster were instructed by the CDRRMO to enforce the restriction of leisure activities in the area. The Sirib Emergency and Mountain Search and Rescue Auxiliary (SEMSRA) was also tasked to assist with the monitoring activities within the area. (with reports from CDRRMO/ PIA RG Alama)

 

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