Aguinaldo, Ifugao – The local tourism office of Aguinaldo, Ifugao assured the safety of travelers coming to captivating Naumag Waterfalls in Barangay Jacmal after the ‘unfortunate’ incident.
An anonymous netizen shared his experience in visiting the falls to social media.
On Wednesday, August 16, a native of Ifugao and his troop from Isabela went to explore Naumag Waterfalls using their motorcycles. When at the site, they chanced upon teenage boys swimming. They waited for the boys to come out of the waters before they dived in.
“Pagkababa namin nasa falls na kami and yung mga lalaki na naabutan namin dun ay parang nagmamadaling umalis na parang may binabalak,” narrated the netizen.
The group decided to leave after about an hour of savoring the mesmerizing waterfalls.
Upon arriving to where they parked their motorcycles, they noticed that the Yamaha NMAX newly-bought by one of their troop was a bit damaged. Someone forced to open its toolbox and took the owner’s bag and other belongings.
Two other motorcycles, particularly Mio Aerox and Raider Fi, were also damaged.
“Yung mga naabutan naming dun may Sniper (motorcycle) na yung mags ay neon green, may mga kasama pa sila… Baka kilala niyo po… Nakakahiya lang kasi first time nilang pumunta dun at ganun,” added the netizen.
He reported the incident to the barangay officials who are now taking immediate actions.
Earlier today, Aguinaldo Tourism Office took to social media to apologize for what the adventurers experienced but assured that tourism safety remains to be their top priority.
“Our PNP is currently investigating the case. Immediate actions are also being undertaken by the Barangay Officials to ensure that same incident will not happen again… Aguinaldo is a safe haven for your adventure,” the office stated.
Meanwhile, Mayor Gaspar Chilagan Jr. issued Executive Order No. 2023-19, directing the temporary closure of Naumag Waterfalls while the investigation is ongoing and to address issues concerning safe parking area. The suspension was made effective today, August 17 to September 1, 2023.
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