A team from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) is currently surveying and assessing two caves in Quezon municipality in a bid by the local government unit to turn them into tourist destinations.
PCSDS information officer Jovic Fabello named the caves Wednesday as Modlum and Sangaran which are located in Barangay Isugod, a coastal barangay facing the Treacherous Bay.
“In-assess at sinu-survey namin itong dalawang kuweba dahil gusto din ng municipal government na gawin silang tourist destination sa Quezon. Dalawang caves ito, ‘yong Modlum at Sangaran na mayroong mini underground river,” he told Palawan News.
Fabello added their activity is also in support of House Bill 5333 proposed by 2nd Palawan District House Rep. Frederick Abueg, which seeks the declaration of Sangaran as a natural tourism destination that can be improved with the help of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Sangaran is accessible to all kinds of vehicles by around 30 minutes from Sitio Balintang, Isugod. By trekking, it will take four hours to reach.
He said Modlum and Sangaran are separated by the Maritub River, and has a Canyon-like setting. Trekkers will need to manage through a 45-degree climb and a 10-minute stride down below the river.
“Bago marating ng trekker ang cave, lalakarin pa niya ang Maritub River sa gilid ng mga 500 meters. Meron mini underground river sa loob ng cave,” he said.
The PCSDS survey team is being assisted by a team of cave experts from the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Fabello added.
In Rep. Abueg’s proposed bill filed on March 16, 2017, he said the mini underground river in Sangaran cave is around four kilometers from the barangay hall building of Isugod.
Its declaration as a tourism site, the bill said, will mean being covered by programs and projects of the DOT to become a potential source of income of residents within the area, as well as the local government of Quezon.