Waterfalls Brought Back To Life

16 July 2012

BARILI, Cebu - After days of running dry due to a sinkhole that sipped the river's water, Mantayupan Falls on Sunday was brought back to life as water started cascading down Cebu's tallest waterfalls.

Barili town officials and residents, as advised by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 7, have created a man-made canal to divert the flow of water away from the sinkhole.

The decision to conduct a temporary bypass river away from the sinkhole located 180 meters above sea level was reached after local officials and experts from Mines and Geosciences Bureau met last Friday.

Water cascaded back in the 98-meter Mantayupan Falls at 3 p.m. last Saturday, Barili Mayor Teresito Mariñas said.

Mariñas said once they have completed the diversion canal, the sinkhole will be sealed with cement as a permanent solution. The MGB 7 said there might be an underground cavern below the river.

One of Cebu's tourist attractions, the Mantayupan Falls in Barili town dried up last Tuesday due to a sinkhole but the residents helped out to block the hole so the water would flow again. MGB 7 said the sinkhole drained off the water in the river that feeds the waterfalls.

Mantayupan Falls irrigate rice farms, water tilapia ponds, power a mini hydro electric plant of the Cebu Electric Cooperative, and supply water to 113 households in Campangga and 120 households in Gunting.