Tboli local gov't to apply restricted entry of tourists to Lake Holon



Tboli, South Cotabato – The local government of T’boli has proposed restrictions on the entry of tourists to Lake Holon, a popular trekking destination settled inside the volcanic crater of Mt. Melibingoy, the local tourism official said. 

The pristine Lake Holon is the crater of a volcano. Click photo to enlarge. 

Rodel Hilado, tourism officer of Tboli, told nomadperspectives.com the proposal is up for approval by the Sangguniang Bayan and was initially discussed to local officials by Mayor Dibu Tuan. The measure is supposed to start this month until March 2015 to give way for the lake and its surroundings, especially areas near the trails, to be rehabilitated, Mr. Hilado said. 

The rehabilitation of the forested mountains in the vicinity of the 304-hectare lake will be done through massive tree nurturing. The period of restriction also aims to give time to prepare the communities within the vicinity of the lake for involvement in local tourism. Mr. Hilado said they will implement the community-based eco-tourism (CBET) by establishing homestay accommodations in Nabol, a community of indigenous Tboli people, and re-training of mountain guides.

Lake Holon from another perspective. Click photo to enlarge.

Proposed developments in the area also include, among others, establishment of Tourist Oriented Police (TopCop) post ; putting up of at least nature-complementing cottages near the campsite; and comfort rooms made from natural materials like bamboo, Mr. Hilado said.


We will not allow huge group climbs in the lake for the duration of the proposed closure. Study groups and small groups with objectives approved only by the local tourism office will be allowed entry. Basically, its controlling entry of people into the lake, not the total closure, Mr. Hilado clarified. 

Aside from the Lake Holon, Tboli is also known for Hedak Falls, the subterranean Bak Ngeb river and Mt. Melibato, another trekking destination.

Tourists, mountaineers and environmentalists are expected to air different reactions to the proposal and we welcome them, Mr. Hilado said.

Approval of the proposed developments by the Sangguniang Bayan is expected in the coming weeks. We will notify the public too when the closure will officially start, he said.[]

Surya Namaskar! Saluting the mighty sun at Lake Holon. Click photo to enlarge.



5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. Will plan a visit when they open it after Q1 2015.

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  2. Hi Sir,

    We're planning to have an overnight stay here after Mt. Matutum climb next month. May Web site po ba ang local government para malaman ang status or number of pax required na makaayat since as per your article.

    ". . . small groups with objectives approved only by the local tourism office will be allowed entry. Basically, its controlling entry of people into the lake, not the total closure"

    Thanks in advance.

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