DENR XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve (LRWFR) temporarily closed the Steel Bridge for tourists visiting Asik-Asik Falls located at Sitio Dulao, Brgy. Dado, Alamada, Cotabato as he presided over the 1st quarter LRWFR-PAMB meeting on March 25, 2021 at Wiws Resto, Midsayap, Cotabato.
RED Alicer, serving as the Chairman of the board together with other board members decided to transitorily close the Steel Bridge, as the structure shows deterioration and damage on its parts per assessment from Protected Area Management Section of CENRO Midsayap and the Municipal Engineering Office of LGU Alamada.
“The steel bridge plays a crucial role in the tourism activities in the majestic Asik-Asik Falls, a prime tourist destination in Region XII. However, safety of the tourists must be the foremost consideration since after this pandemic we can expect that there will be influx of tourists visiting the falls. But let us just be clear that what we are closing is the Steel Bridge, and not the Falls itself”, RED Alicer said.
Hon. Jesus “Susing” Sacdalan, Municipal Mayor of Alamada, committed that he will talk with the Provincial Governor of Cotabato for the sourcing of fund for the renovation of the Steel Bridge and if possible for construction of a new one.
Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Dado will find a temporary path to be used by the tourists while the bridge is closed, as pledge by Punong Brgy Antonio S. Camino Sr., who happens to be a member of the board.
The board also deliberated the Protected Area Suitability Assessment (PASA) report of LRWFR, which is very crucial for the Proclamation of LRWFR as Protected Area. The board passed a resolution endorsing the PASA report to the Regional Review Committee and supporting the classification of LRWFR as Protected Landscape. | With reports and photos from CENRO Midsayap