A1 (01272016) Ilocos Sur’s Bessang Pass, now a natural landmark


Ilocos Sur’s Bessang Pass, now a natural landmark


CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur –To further promote the Bessang Pass Natural Monument/Landmark (BPNML) as one of the destinations in Ilocos Sur’s eco-tourism circuit and enhance poverty alleviation through ecotourism within protected areas, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur led by CENR Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion facilitated the soft-opening and inauguration of the protected area’s eco-tourism facilities last January 15, 2016.

DENR1’s ARD for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Raymundo C. Gayo of Ilocos Sur and Vice Mayor Rodolfo Gaburno of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur led the ribbon-cutting.

In her message, ARD for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan encouraged the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) members of BPNML and the Barangay Council of Malaya, Cervantes to work together for the conservation and improvement of Bessang Pass’s main product – its rich biodiversity. According to ARD Bambalan, collected revenues from eco-tourism or the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF) can be used for the development and protection of the park.

Bessang Pass is located 1,500 meters above sea level and is home of pine trees.

The protected area now has an information center, ecolodge, ranger station, solar panel and water system, in addition to the concrete sheds and comfort rooms built earlier.  ( Maria Eliza Fontanilla, RPAO)