PAMB develops Tumipe Cold Spring in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte

By: Herzon F. Gallego 

Butuan City-- The members of the Protected Area Management Board Cabadbaran-Santiago Natural Park (PAMB-CSNP) in Agusan del Norte wants to develop the potentials of the Tumipe Cold Spring in Barangay Puting Bato in Cabadbaran as tourist spot for bathing similar to the cold spring pool in Camiguin province.

This was the consensus reached by the PAMB during a meeting presided over by DENR 13 Regional Director Charlie E. Fabre on July 3, 2017 held at the Cabadbaran City Hall.

Tumipe Cold Spring is a good site for bathing considering the natural ambiance surrounding the place and its crystal-clear waters oozing out from the Forest Mountains of Mount Magdiwata Ranges. It has been hidden to the outside world and unexplored for many years until it was accidentally found by a worker of a construction firm undertaking road projects near the area whose intention was to clean earth-moving equipment.

“The site can be developed by the city government as tourist site considering its proximity to the national highway” Regional Director Fabre said.  Based on the findings made by the DENR, an average of 800 visitors comes to the area to spend their weekend relaxation and picnics.

The PAMB also decided that the group of indigenous people in the area which put up at least 30 refreshment stalls along the bank of the creek leading to the Tumipe Cold Spring had to temporarily close their business for the meantime to give way to a thorough evaluation by a Technical Working Group that will recommend ways to improve waste management and preservation of natural resources, including the imposition of environmental fees for all users. The study will last for two months. The PAMB also decided that the Tumipe Cold Spring during this time would be closed to visitors.

 “We need to study everything in the area to avoid the destruction of nature caused by human factors just like what happened to Boracay in Aklan and Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur”, RD Fabre said.  

“We want the people to enjoy the benefits of a clean water and properly managed environment so that they can be fully satisfied while enjoying with their families and love ones while spending relaxation time in the area and at the same time, help the indigenous people to earn a living“, he added.

The PAMB is expected to generate revenues from entrance fees and environmental users for the development and maintenance of the site.  (HERZON GALLEGO)

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