ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (November 13, 2008)-Cavers marvel at the different rare formations inside Lagbasan Cave in Brgy. Kuden, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat. The cave, which was called world-class by cave specialist Glen Malliet of the United States Speleological Society, is one of the major tourist attractions of the province. It has become popular among local caving enthusiasts due to the presence of unspoiled stalactites, stalagmites, minerals and other unnamed natural cave formations.
Some of the town’s caves also contain burial urns reportedly owned by early tribal inhabitants in the area.
In a report, the Region 12 cave management committee initially endorsed the setting up of signage for directions and various rules and regulations within the vicinity of the caves.
The committee also ruled that existing trail signs must be replaced with durable and luminous materials so that they can be easily seen in the dark.
It approved the proposed forging of memorandum of agreements between the local government units in the municipal and barangay levels and the land claimants on the proper handling of the caves.
The committee endorsed the conduct of further cave biology study for each of the caves through experts from the Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic College and for the DENR to determine whether the caves are covered by declared protected areas.
The committee agreed to present the results of the cave assessment officials of Sultan Kudarat province and seek financial and legislative support for the conservation initiatives.(PNA) LDV/AVE