June 21, 2024

LAGANGI-LANG, Abra – The local government unit and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office Lagangilang are working together for the management plan of the “Rizalista Cave” in Barangay Laguiben in this town.
The cave was recently classified as “cave class II” under DENR Memorandum Circular 2021-13. This means it contains sensitive geological, archeological, cultural, historical, biological values, and high-quality ecosystems.
Cenro Lagangilang Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Mary Ann Cacho said the cave is listed as a potential eco-tourism spot of the town.
“It is a through and through cave and upon our inspection, it is also naturally built for rock-climbing, which is practical for experienced cavers and educational visits,” she said.
“It is a potential eco-tourism spot in the province, but right now it still closed to public for the implementation of its management plan,” she said.
The municipal government is finalizing the requirements for the opening of the cave which involves the imposition of rules and regulations as well as the entrance fee.
“Once opened, we will make sure that the cave is conserved and protected with the presence of cave protection tour guides. The barangay local government unit of Laguiben is very much willing to be part in the management of the cave,” Cacho informed.
The Rizalista Cave can be a huge contributor to the tourism industry of the LGU.
Under the database of the DENR, there are 56 total identified caves in Abra but only 25 were assessed. Last year, the classified caves in the province are Banat Cave of Barangay Bacooc, Lagangilang; Guano Cave in San Juan; Quiling Cave in Dolores; and Manomot Cave in Laguiben. – Christian Allister Tubadeza