March 3, 2024

BOKOD, Benguet – Tourist sites in this scenic municipality remain closed.
Mayor Thomas Wales, Jr. said while travel requirements have been relaxed, the local government maintains the tourist destinations closed to those coming from places outside the town and the province to help protect the residents from the Covid-19 as the municipality prepares for the new normal.  
He said residents of the town are allowed to visit the tourist sites as part of the measures to maintain their mental and physical health and wellness.
Among the frequently visited sites of Bokod are Mt. Purgatory, the Badekbek Sulfur Spring, the Ambuklao Dam, the mossy forest of Naswak, and the Palansa Panoramic View.
Wales said although the jump point of Mt. Pulag National Park Protected Area is located in Ambangeg in Daclan, Bokod, nearby Kabayan has the jurisdiction over the national park. 
Kabayan has not yet opened its tourism industry and the recent visits to the Mt. Pulag National Park are official visits, such as monitoring activities by the Philippine National Police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Barangay officials of Daclan installed fences around the Badekbek Sulfur Spring to protect the area from irresponsible visitors.
It has been noted that tourists from nearby towns and nearby provinces have been leaving their garbage at the sulfur springs.
Wales said the opening of the town’s tourism industry will be discussed with the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force. – Redjie M. Cawis