The president of the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development (LEAD) Movement sent me to the annual Regional Cave Committee Meeting coordinated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1 Office for the presentation of assessed caves in Ilocos Norte by the DENR in 2013 and cave management plans of the northern towns of Pagudpud, Burgos and Pasuquin, where karst formations are typical. The meeting, hosted by the local government unit of Pagudpud, was attended by Director Policarpio Najera, caving and ecotourism experts of the DENR and Department of Tourism, and representative of the LGUs, the Philippine National Police and the Department of Interior and Local Government. The agenda also included the approval of the RCC Resoulution for the classification of assessed caves in Norte.
It was great to see and work with the same faces in the furtherance of ecotourism in the north. Caves are such fragile environments that we owe it to the experts to guide us in caring for them.