Eco-tourism facilities now in place at Bessang Pass

January 29, 2016 7:53 am 

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 28'–Facilities and other amenities are now in place at Bessang Pass, now known as Bessang Pass Natural Landmark, with the inauguration by the third week of this month of these structures.

These include an information center, ecolodge, ranger station, solar panel and water system, in addition to the concrete sheds and comfort rooms built there earlier, all aimed at making the protected area as one of the top destinations in Ilocos Sur.

More local and foreign tourists are expected to visit the Bessang Pass, which became famous because it was the scene of one of the fiercest battles of World War II between the Japanese Imperial Forces and the American and Filipino soldiers during the waning months of the war.

As an eco-tourism project, the park will enhance poverty alleviation in the protected area, according to Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rosemarie B. Jornacion, who facilitated the soft-opening of the facilities.

A natural landmark, Bessang Pass and its environs abound with pine trees and has a rich biodiversity that includes a variety of plants and other living creatures.

DENR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan encouraged members of the Barangay Council of the village, Malaya where BPNL is located, to work with stakeholders for the conservation and improvement of these resources.

Some 260 kilometers north of Manila, Bessang Pass is 1,500 meters above sea level.

Cervantes is one of Ilocos Sur's hinterland towns that dates back to the Spanish times. (PNA)

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