Zamboanga Treasures

3 July 2012

ZAMBOANGA CITY - City Councilor Rogelio Valesco yesterday started to invite local residents of this city to explore the beautiful caves and waterfalls in Barangay Latuan, in the eastern district of this city.

Valesco, chairperson of the Committee on Tourism here, said that when properly explored, the village can be named as the "cave capital of Zamboanga City" because it hosts about 50 caves and waterfalls.

Valesco described one of the caves as having an almost a kilometer stretch of rocky labyrinth with an underground river, another cave was deemed as an ancient burial ground.

He visited the Latuan cave and later had a dialogue with village officials led by Latuan village chieftain Rosita Macarandan.

During their talks, Valesco said Macarandan claimed that Latuan has about 50 caves and waterfalls.

This prompted Valesco to ask Macarandan to coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) to help safeguard and preserve the faultless caves.

"The caves at Latuan are God-given natural treasures. They need to be saved from destruction and vandalism," he said. (Nonoy E. Lacson)