By Bohol Island News Staff | 05:04 PM January 17, 2020
“Dili apil pabayron ang taga-Bohol kay maoy tag-iya. Nganong mobayad man ka?”
This was clarified by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Bohol head Charlie Fabre in a briefing with media, stakeholders from the transport, travel, and tour sectors Friday afternoon, January 17, 2020.
This, as PENRO Bohol bared that non-Boholano tourists will have to pay the corresponding entrance fees based on the matrix of the DENR department order.
Fabre explained that while they have yet to lay down the parking aspect, it has been temporarily set that Bohol residents shall not be collected entrance fee when visiting Man-made Forest and 15 other protected areas.
According to the DENR department order, the fees are as follows:
Entrance: Filipino, P30; student, P15; persons with disabilities and senior citizens, free as long as ID is presented; and foreigner, P100 apiece.
Parking fees: Tricycle, P20 + P5 after 2 hours; cars/SUV, P45 first 2 hours + P10 succeeding hours; passenger bus/coaster, P60 first 2 hours + P20 succeeding hours; and mini-bus/tourist bus, P150 first 2 hours + P30 succeeding hours.
P5,000 exclusive of entrance fee will be collected for video and photography for commercial use or using of professional equipment other than ( phones, point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs with basic lenses and attachments, handy cameras ).
The effectivity of temporary stoppage may depend on the resolution of the issues that beset the fee collection.
Fabre said PAMB just implemented the overdue national order.The said DAO that amended DAO No. 1993-47 signed by then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez was adopted by PAMB for implementation.
Fabre said the protected area management fund will be used for the improvement of facilities and other projects at the protected areas.
The Protective Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Loboc Watershed Forest Reserve (LWFR) implemented and collected entrance and parking fees at man-made forest last Monday, January 13, 2020.
However, the implementation of the entrance fee received negative feedback from the public.