ZamPen-RCC classifies Agustin Cave and Zapanta-Gomez Cave in ZDN as Class II Caves

            The Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Cave Committee (ZamPen-RCC) conducted a meeting at Mibang Hotel, Dipolog City on October 5, 2016 to review, deliberate and adopt the Class II classification of Agustin Cave and Zapanta-Gomez Cave, located in Barangay Lipakan, President Manuel A. Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte. This is a timely development as Zamboanga del Norte will be the host of the Philippine Cave Congress in April 2017.

 Accordingly, the cave exploration and assessment on the abovementioned natural resources   were  conducted  during the 3rd Regional Cave Summit held in the same  municipality on March 9-11, 2016 with  technical assistance from the Regional Cave Assessment Team (RCAT), Zamboanga Peninsula Cavers Association (ZAMPEN) and SpeleoNederlands (Belgium based group).  Participants include personnel from the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs/CENROs) of DENR9, representatives from the different Local Government Units, Non-Government Organizations and other cave stakeholders across Region 9.

The assessment used three different methodologies, namely:  (1) Basic Caving, where the assigned group assessed the flora and fauna and cave resources inside; (2) Cave Survey and Mapping where the topography,  terrain and location of the same caves were plotted and (3) Cave Photography which documents in photo the resources found therein.

Based on the report presented by  the technical personnel of CENRO Manukan and PENRO Zamboanga del Norte,  both caves conform to Class II Classification as defined by Republic Act 9072 (National Caves and Cave Resources Management Act).    In the said category, Agustin Cave and Zapanta-Gomez Cave are both recommended to be used for educational tours and guided ecotourism purposes.    However, it is to be noted that some parts of these caves may be closed to  the public and  only expert spelunkers and scientists are allowed to access it due to the presence of important and sensitive biodiversity resources  in those areas which may be disturbed or threatened when opened to neophyte cavers.

Upon approval of DENR 9 Regional Director Arleigh J.  Adorable, ZamPen RCC will endorse the matter to the Biodiversity Management Bureau for the final classification of these two mentioned caves.  [ECPascua - RPAO9].


Jay Mark P. Balbosa from CENRO Manukan presenting the Agustin Cave and Zapanta-Gomez Cave Assessment Report to the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Cave Committee .


RPAO Representative Elaine C. Pascua requested the technical team to include in the report the specific points or parts of the assessed caves which are open for ecotourism purposes and those that are exclusively for scientific and expert cavers use only.



Turn-over and release of a Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) into the wild

          One reticulated python (Python reticulatus) was turned-over to DENR-PENRO Zamboanga del Norte on March 15, 2018 at 5:50 in the afternoon by the barangay officials of Barra, Dipolog City namely Rolly Vayloces and Rene Edaga and was released into the wild of Cogon Ecotourism Park on March 19, 2018 at 10:50 in the morning by DMO III Heracleo M. Calasang Jr., PENRO-ZN personnel and assisted by Rico M. Balares, staff of Cogon Ecotourism Park, Cogon, Dipolog City.


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Turn-over Ceremony of the Regional Clonal Nursery Facilities, established at Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur by the Forest and Timber Resources and Research Center of the ERDB to the DENR Region 9, Zamboanga Peninsula on Feb. 5, 2018.

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DENR-IX OIC RD Carlito M. Tuballa hands over the DENR Flag to In-coming PENRO Ben M. Acana during the turnover ceremony held in PENRO ZDS Office on January 23, 2018.

Turn-over Ceremony between in-coming RD Carlito M. Tuballa and out-going RD Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. at MGB Office, Zamboanga City.

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Conference and Briefing at Edwin Andrews Airbase, Zamboanga City.

Arrival of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and party at Zamboanga City Airport, Zamboanga City on January 11, 2018.

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