BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya , Aug 5 (PNA) — A development plan to transform the full potentials of the Capissaan Cave System in Kasibu town will be crafted by concerned government agencies to boost local and foreign tourism in the province.
Forester Henry Patricio, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer said a Technical Working Group has been formed to discuss and prepare the development plan for the multi-chambered cave system in barangay Capissaan, touted by the Dept. of Tourism as a world class tourism attraction.
“We will initially prepare a short term development plan which will be followed by a long term plan. It will be gradually developed so that it can be at par with other cave attractions in the country,” Patricio said.
The details of the development plan, he said, will be a combination of programs and projects culled from inputs adopted from cave attractions in the country.
“The development plan will consist of applicable and doable transformation and development schemes so that local and foreign tourists will be in no doubt be attracted to a caving adventure in the municipality of Kasibu,” Patricio said.
At present, he said first to be addressed by the TWG will be the relocation of villagers living above the portions of the cave system to protect and preserve its natural beauty.
The TWG, he added, is composed of the DENR, DOT, Provincial Tourism Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Environment and Natural Resources Office, DPWH and the local government unit of Kasibu.
“This will be done in coordination with the local government unit of Kasibu with the help of other agencies who can assist in relocating the residents,” Patricio said.
The Capissaan Cave System can be reached by a 4-hour jeepney ride plying the Bambang-Kasibu route or the Solano-Kasibu alternate road.
The Dept. of Public Works and Highways has also developed a portion of the routes near the cave system through a convergence agreement with the DOT.
The DOT has so far recorded 4,895 local and foreign tourists who visited the cave attraction from 2001 to 2011.
The development of the Capissaan Cave system is one of the priority projects of Gov. Ruth Padilla under her 13 – point local governance agenda PRAYERS AND FAITH.