SAGADA, Mountain Province (PIA) — Mayor James Pooten said the local government of Sagada will regulate tourists coming to the municipality starting this Christmas season.
This is due to the experiences of the municipality during the past long weekends and holidays where thousands of tourists flocked to scenic town filling up every tourist destinations and vehicles clogging the narrow roads.
An incident during the long weekend on November 30 to December 2, 2018 showing thousands of tourists stuck in a sunrise viewing peak was posted on social media.
“The municipality of Sagada through its tourism council came up with interventions to limit the entry of visitors in Sagada,” Pooten said in an interview.
The mayor explained that from the weekend before Christmas to the first week of January, personnel from the local government unit will be stationed at the different entry points of the tourist destinations to act as gate keepers and count the visitors coming in and out to make sure that these areas will not be overcrowded.
“We will be implementing restrictions in tourism destinations particularly if the areas will be filled up or will reach their carrying capacities,” he added.
He informed that they already started setting the carrying capacity of the different tourist destinations such as the sunrise and sunset viewing areas, trekking and eco-trail areas and even the water bodies and the caves. This will help in the crafting and implementation of the municipal plans particularly on tourism, environment conservation and developments thru the partnership of the different national government line agencies.
Pooten also called on tourist operators from the different parts of the country who bringing in tourists to Sagada to register their clients at the Sagada Tourists Center before going to the different destinations to ensure that they are counted and also for their safety.
The LGU also will encourage tourists to leave their vehicles in their respective hotels or at the designated parking areas and use local jeepneys in visiting the different tourist destinations to avoid traffic jam and clogging the narrow roads of the municipality.
Pooten said that tourist arrival in the municipality sometimes goes up from 4000 to even as high as almost 9,000 so they are also calling on the different establishments to make sure to follow their bed capacities. Latest survey of hotels, inns and other accommodation establishment in the municipality recorded 3,800 registered bed capacity.
The mayor also advises tourists to respect the people, place and the culture and tradition of Sagada and also maintain its clean and environment –friendly environment.
In a social media post from the Sagada Tourism they posted general guidelines to be followed by the visitors of the municipality to remind them of what to do and not to do and also guide them while they are in Sagada. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)