July 18, 2024

Bokod, Benguet has raised its environmental fees for local and foreign tourists visiting the tourist sites in the municipality.

The municipal council recently amended Ordinance 11-2018, which imposes fees for the protection of the environment, community, and tourist destinations in Bokod.

In the amendment, the municipality will impose an environmental protection fee of P50 per head for locals and P100 for foreign tourists visiting picnic areas or grounds and man-made attractions and natural tourist spots.

Camping fees for locals will be P30 per head per day and P50 per head per day for foreigners while those camping in the natural tourism spots will be P30 for locals and P100 for foreigners. 

For mountains or mossy forests, environmental fees will be P200 for locals and P400 for foreigners; permit fee is P150 for locals and P300 for foreigners; camping fee is set at P50 for locals and P200 for foreigners.

Tourists visiting mountains other than the mossy forest shall pay an environmental fee of P100 for locals and P200 for foreigners; permit fee is at P100 for locals, and P200 for foreigners, while camping fee is at P50 for locals and P100 for foreigners. 

Permit fee for those touring heritage or cultural sites shall be at P50 for locals and P100 for foreigners; environmental fee for those conducting mountain biking or motocross 4×4 off-road or all-terrain vehicle shall pay P200 for locals and P300 for foreigners.

Also, those conducting kayaking, rafting, or boating, shall pay P200 environmental fee for locals and P300 for foreigners.

The natural tourist spots in Bokod include the Badekbek Sulfur Spring in Barangay Daclan, while the mossy forest is the majestic Mt. Purgatory. 

The municipality has emphasized Bokod residents will not pay any fee when vising the town’s tourist sites, but it accepts voluntary donations from residents visiting the area. – Ofelia C. Empian