Drowning victim’s mountaineering group to be banned from Mt. Apo
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – The Mt. Apo Range Natural Park
Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) will ban the mountaineering
group Mindanao Alliance Mountaineering Club (MALMOC) from Mt. Apo, an
environment official said.
MALMOC is the group of mountaineer Ian Caasi, who drowned in the
park’s Lake Venado on April 5.
Bonifacio Apura, regional director of the DENR’s ecosystems research
and development service, said during the Kapihan sa SM City press
conference Monday the club violated rules in climbing Mt. Apo. (Photo from the peak of Mt. Apo courtesy of CADRAe or the Coalition of Active Dabawenyos in Restoring the Abused Environment, Inc) Apura said swimming and bathing in Lake Venado are among the
prohibited acts they brief climbers in entering the 64,000-hectare
park. But the documents Apura showed to the media did not show that
swimming in Lake Venado was prohibited.
Apura said the lake was dangerous because it was a crater.
Entry no. 11 of “Prohibited Acts while in the Mt. Apo Nature Park”
mentioned of a no bathing or swimming policy in Lake Agco. The list
contains 14 prohibited acts.
Another document containing provisions of the Article 5, Section 2 of
the Implementing Guidelines of the Digos City ordinance for Mt. Apo
Natural Park only had 12 entries, with not one on swimming or bathing.
The park has four major lakes, 19 major river systems and 21 creeks or
streams, according to a briefer from PAMB.
Sonia Garcia, Department of Tourism regional director, said the
sanction will be among the biggest issues she will raise at the
upcoming general assembly of the Mountaineers Federation of Southern