Valesco says Latuan can be ‘cave capital’ of Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 July 2012 13:46

Councilor Rogelio “Gerky” Valesco, Jr, said Barangay Latuan located in the east coast has several scenic caves. While one cave has an almost kilometer stretch of rocky labyrinth with an underground river, another cave deemed as an ancient burial ground.

Valesco visited the Latuan cave and later had a dialogue with barangay officials thereat to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Office of the Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) to help safeguard and preserve the faultless caves.

“The caves at Latuan are God-given natural treasures. They need to be saved from destruction and vandalism. I have encouraged the barangay officials thereat to coordinate with government agencies for the caves will actually be an eco-tourism attractions, thus an income potential for the people in said barangay,” Valesco said.

With Valesco in Latuan were colleague Councilor Mike Alavar, and young environmentalist BG Guingona who met with the residents of Latuan headed by its barangay chairperson Rosita Macarandan.

Macarandan claimed Latuan has about 50 caves and a waterfalls.

Alavar said Latuan has some of the best caves in Zamboanga City and perhaps has the biggest cave in Zamboanga City. “The place is magnificent. It is beautiful, idle for adventure and eco-trekking activities”.

Meanwhile, young management executive and environmentalist BG Guingona said he will extend efforts to bring in some adventurers to Latuan and experience spelunking inside the cave which has great features like high walled cliffs and underground river.

Also during the visit, Alavar donated some learning materials for the schoolchildren in Latuan.

Macaranda said she is thankful for the visit of the concerned councilors because of promotion and second because of assistance her barangay will get from the visit.

The Latuan visit was also sponsored by Radyo Mo Nationwide and SkyCable whose mission is to offer Zamboangueños a glimpse of new eco-tourism destinations of Zamboanga to help the tourism potentials of the city. — Ram Arcillas