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Recently opened tourism hotspots in southern Sagada
After locals approved the opening of the villages for guided tours, tourists will have new locations to explore and enjoy in Sagada, Mountain Province.
“There are still other destinations and we are one with the community in opening them and welcoming the visitors to enjoy the other beautiful places in Sagada,” Mayor Felicito Dula said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “We are one with the community in welcoming the visitors to enjoy the other beautiful places in Sagada.”
The “Southern Sagada natural treat, tour, and adventure” was introduced before All Saints Day by the southern zone, which consists of the four villages of Ankileng, Nacagan, Takkong, and Suyo (ANTS).
It was previously suggested that Sagada open more tourist attractions to draw more visitors and elevate the destination on local and foreign travelers’ bucket lists.
The Obwa Canyon waterfalls, the Takkong traditional burial grounds, the Balangagan caves, and the dawn over the Pinumdeng skyline are some of the attractions in southern Sagada.
Along with a ComPAC, a campsite was also established close to the Suyo barangay hall. This site will feature a tourist information center where coordination can be done and tour guides will be supplied for the tourists’ safety (Community Police Assistance Center).
Sagada is divided into five zones: the central, south-central, northern, eastern, and southern zones. Sagada comprises 19 villages.
It is anticipated that the eastern zone, where the Marlboro Hills are, would launch at any time.
The majority of currently accessible and well-liked tourist attractions, including the town main or Poblacion, the Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, ceramics, Sagada weaving, Bokong Falls, and the Kiltepan sunrise, are situated in the central and south central zones, according to Dula.
“They are prepared to welcome the visitors. The tour guides have received training and accreditation to bring tourists to the community and to ensure their safety while there, according to the mayor.
touristic preservation of culture
During the introduction of the southern Sagada nature treat, tour, and adventure, Councilor Jaime Dugao, the town’s Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR), stated that Sagada’s tourism is not just about the location but is more focused on the people and culture.
We want the benefits from the industry we reap to be shared with the other villages in our town, to all of our brother I-Sagada. “In welcoming visitors, we do not just show the beautiful place that we have, but also our culture, the way we deal with people, and our care for each member of our community. We have our own style of taking care of visitors, and we take that responsibility seriously. We’ll make sure that visitors don’t tell us any depressing tales since that would ruin Sagada as a whole, he continued.
Dugao stated that tour guides need to make sure they take their job seriously for the sake of their area as well as themselves.
“We have been accused of stealing in the past due to certain overblown allegations, but when we take care of our guests and ensure their safety and that of their things, it is only then that we can put the accusation behind us,” Dugao added.
Dula, on the other hand, claimed that the current generation of young people bears the task of passing on historical tales.
The mayor declared, “It is a continual battle for us, and if we correctly treat the people that come to our town, our towns, and our homes, the narrative will finish.
According to him, the I-Sagada adheres to the “inayan” culture, which forbids wrongdoing against people or property out of respect for a supreme or higher being.
According to him, the responsibility for maintaining public order and ensuring the protection of visitors extends beyond the police, barangay officials, and the barangay police action team (BPAT); rather, since the villages have begun to welcome tourists, it has become everyone’s job.
He noted that in addition to receiving safety training, guides must also learn emergency and health safety techniques.
They must have the proper training because we are not only tour guides but also security guards for our tourists as they go on nature hikes, according to Dula.
Prior to the coronavirus epidemic, Sagada saw an average of 140,000 visitors annually and welcomes a sizable portion of the nation’s international visitors.
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