Feb 20, 2010

Mt. Ugo Policies and Guidelines

I’ve just got this copy during our climb at Mt. Ugo and want to share this info about their policies and guidelines. Hope this post counts!

Barangay Resolution No. 12 s. 2004

1. Coordinate and identify you group with any of the following: Provincial Tourism Affairs Office (074-4221116); Itogon Mayor’s Office (0916-7445628); Tinongdan Barangay Hall (0916-7021701).
2. Give exact travel dates and the number of people.

1. Register and pay php100.00 at the Tinongdan Barangay Hall. Barangay Ordinance # 4 s. 2001 mandates the collection of registration fee for Mt. Ugo. In case entry or exit at Tinongdan Barangay Hall is not possible, the mountain guide is deputized to collect the fee.
2. Trek briefing at the barangay hall. In case not possible, the mountain/tour guide does the briefing.
3. Arrange for vehicle and mountain/tour guide. For hiring of vehicles, priority is given to jitneys plying the route of Baguio-Tinongdan.
4. For frequent and new Mt. Ugo trekkers, a mountain/tour guide is mandatory for the group. One guide is required for every group of 10 persons and below. Guide Fee: php400.00/day. Porter Fee (if needed): php400.00/day.
5. Trekking Mt. Ugo required 5 to 6 hours to reach its foot. Adults must take this into consideration when bringing with them their children.

1. Respect cultural practices. Residents are indigenous people. Be aware of community cultural & traditional rites. In times of observance of “Pakshe” or “Cosde”, members and visitors of the community are not allowed to leave or pass to the mark areas within the community at certain periods. In such cases, rerouting is necessary. Violators will be penalized with one pig, or any animal, whichever was used in the offering.
2. No wearing of indecent seductive attires. This is believed to bring misfortune to the community.
3. Respect local culture and traditions. Contact of mountaineers and trekkers with native can cause culture-shock and changes in the indigenous culture of the area. So, adopt the culture. Remember the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
4. Respect the privacy and dignity of others. Inquire or ask permission before taking pictures.
5. Avoid bringing personal conflicts between groups or hikers at Mt. Ugo. The mountain is sacred and not a battlefield.
6. Stay on designated trails while hiking and walk single file. Never take shortcuts.
7. Avoid hanging signs or curving/cutting trees to mark cross-country travel routes.
8. Camp at designated campsites. Keep campsites clean. Never leave your wastes. In the absence of latrine, bury human wastes in “cat holes” at least 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet away from water source, camps or trails.
9. Minimize campfires. Put out campfires completely to prevent wildfires.
10. Never etch marks at the summit ground and trees. No graffiti!
11. Respect the wildlife. Leave what you find (natural objects such as stones, plants, animals). Do not take artifacts. Likewise, do not feed the wildlife on any part of the trek. This encourages dependence on visitors, to the point that the animals no longer hunt their own.
12. Avoid loud noises. Let nature’s sound prevail.
13. Do not hesitate to ask your guides for any information you would like to know.
14. Strictly follow the “Leave No Trace” rule.

Violation of the rules shall cause the proper authorities to ban or blacklist the erring group or individual from doing a return trek to Mt. Ugo.

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