Mt. Apo, the father of Philippine mountains, now reopens. The Philippines' highest mountain was closed early 2016 due to fire incident that damaged about 400 hectares forests. The fire allegedly started at the camp of irresponsible climbers. The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon caused drying up of grasses and other mountain vegetation which also resulted to damaging fire incidents in some other mountains like Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Kalatungan and more.
Anyway, along Mt. Apo's reopening, many netizens/climbers were dismayed. "WHY SO SOON?"
Those who truly love the mountain want it still closed for further rest and rehabilitation. On the other hand, those who love to update their profile pics with Mt. Apo are so enraged with the new imposed fees which are as follows:
ENTRANCE: 2,000 on lean season; 2,500 on peak season
EXIT: 1,000 on lean season; 1,500 on peak season
Many are questioning where will these amounts go?
"Why so soon and why so expensive? Are they in dire need?"
For me, I would have wanted the mountain to rest for more years. We should leave the mountain alone for now. About the payment, I am not against it as long as its proceeds are clearly itemized. And one more thing, I am always against mass tourism so number of visitors must be limited.
Mountain lovers, let our little voices be heard.
Meanwhile, let's wait for further developments and updates regarding this matter.
NOW, THE MOUNTAIN IS CALLING. BUT ONLY THOSE RESPONSIBLE MOUNTAINEERS. WILL YOU GO?