Haduan Falls in Pampanga now accessible to tourists

April 2, 2014 7:03 am 

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, April 1 — The Haduan Falls which is situated in Barangay Marcos in Mabalacat City is now accessible to tourists following the construction of a hanging bridge.

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Fontana Hot Spring and Leisure Parks and BB International funded the completion of the Haduan Hanging Bridge to help improve the lives of the indigenous peoples (IPs).

The hanging bridge links the Aeta community to Clark Freeport and the rest of Pampanga and Tarlac which is the only way used by the tribesmen to transport their commerce outside their community.

The construction of the bridge is part of CDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility and its commitment to alleviate the lives of the IPs living in the contiguous areas of the Freeport.

The hanging bridge, constructed by the CDC's Engineering and Maintenance Department, has a total budget of P1.658 million wherein the Fontana Hot Spring and Leisure Parks has contributed P500,000 and the BB International has donated another P500,000.

The hanging bridge is 120 meters long and 1.2 meters wide.

CDC president Arthur P. Tugade is optimistic that with the completion of the hanging bridge, more local and foreign tourists would be inclined to visit the Haduan Falls.

"We expect more tourists to come and visit Haduan Falls as it is now can be accessed through the new hanging bridge," Tugade said.

But most of all, he said the bridge is vital in transporting agricultural products as well as in emergency medical cases like childbirth and accidents, among others.

"It will also render an easy access for donations, medical missions from various agencies and will totally eliminate the danger of crossing by foot during rainy season," Tugade said.

At present, there are more than 100 families residing in Sitio Haduan. (PNA)

LAP/ZST/RKM/PS

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