Two mountaineers charged

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines–Two mountaineers were charged to climbing at the Mt. Apo without the necessary permit from the local government.

The Country’s highest mountain peak has been closed for tourism activities after the fire broke off on March 26, 2016 wherein 115 hectares of the mountain was damaged.

Joey Recemilla, Tourism Officer of Kidapawan City said the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DENR) XI filed the case against the climbers who went on trail last May 20.

The Environment department and the tourism councils of Kidapawan, North Cotabato; Digos City, Davao del Sur and Davao City have agreed to close the park indefinitely for the damaged area to re-green and allow the natural rehabilitation of the mountain.

The two mountaineers whose identities were not divulged were charged for violating Republic Act 9237 also known as the Mt. Apo protected Area Management Board (PAMB) could be find from P5,000 to P100,000 and can be imprisoned from one to six years.

The Country’s highest mountain peak has been closed for tourism activities after the fire broke off on March 26, 2016 wherein 115 hectares of the mountain was damaged.

Until now however, no one has been identified or charged.

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