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Mount Apo closed to camping, climbing, trekking due to El Niño

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By Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY – The Department of DAVAO CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 has ordered the temporary closure of Mount Apo to trek, camping and other activities beginning April 1, the agency announced Monday.nvironment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 has ordered the temporary closure of Mount Apo to trek, camping and other activities beginning April 1, the agency announced Monday.

DENR-Davao, in its official Facebook page, said the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) has affirmed a resolution for the indefinite closure of the Mt. Apo Natural Park to trekking, climbing, camping, and other activities effective April 1 until further announcement.

It said that the closure applies to all trails, both in Regions 11 and Region 12, as a mitigating measure based on advisory of the  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA earlier said that the El Niño and the scorching heat of the sun that people have experienced recently may increase the risks of wildfire.

DENR-PAMB will have monitoring teams deployed on-the-ground to keep an eye on illegal trekkers. Meanwhile, refunds or rescheduling will soon be settled to those who have pre-closure bookings.

A fine ranging from P5,000 to P100,000 or imprisonment of one year to six years will be imposed to those who will be found guilty of violating the rules and regulations as indicated in Republic Act 9237 or the Mt. Apo Protected Area Act of 2003, Section 16-C. ICT

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