Tabuk City, Kalinga – The Barangay Council of Bulo on Monday, March 22, 2021 informed the local government is now collecting environmental fee and issuing official receipt for those visiting Bulo Lake.
In an interview with Bulo Barangay Captain Francisco Agyawas, they issue a single receipt for all visitors per day and has been doing said scheme since March 16 after being advised by the city council to issue official receipt in collecting environmental fee.
They were likewise told to provide the members of the Bulo Rain Water Collection System Irrigators and Association Inc. a copy of the ordinance mandating such action.
“Every day, as one ti resibo na ta maibus a ti resibo nu amin a mapan agpasyar ket maikkan. Diay total amount ti ma-collect ti maysa aldaw, isu ti mairesibo,” Agyawas said.
Agyawas was invited to join the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session on March 15 to address the letter of the Bulo Rain Water Collection System Irrigators and Association Inc. questioning the local government’s collection of environmental fee from tourists.
In said letter, the association inquired the legality of the collection of fee without enacted resolution and ordinance, its coverage, the legal basis in using Barangay tanods as collectors, if they are allowed to engage in business like “collecting of fee”, functions of Barangay tanods and the role of the barangay council in relation to the operation of legal associations, clubs and /or cooperatives.
During the session, Agyawas answered the queries and told the body that they have submitted a copy of the barangay ordinance for the Sanggunian Panlungsod to review. He said that they have been using a logbook and temporary receipt in collecting fee.
Councilor Zorayda Mia Wacnang, confirmed that the ordinance was submitted and referred to the Committee on Tourism which lapsed into law, thus, it is considered approved as no action was taken by said committee for 30 days.
Councilor Ivan Yannick Bagayao then endorsed to the legal office the other legal issues mentioned in the Bulo Rain Water Collection System Irrigators and Association Inc. letter were for action.
Agyawas’ reminder to Bulo lake visitors
During the interview, Agyawas reminded tourist on their “no hard liquor” ordinance, time limit and proper disposal of garbage to maintain cleanliness of the area, which they are planning to propose as a tourist site in the locality.
“Adda iti impasa mi nga ordinance a bawal ti agitugut ti hard liquor idiay, diay oras 7 to 6 PM laeng ken dagidiay basura da, itugut da kuma ta ikabil da idiay outpost,” Agyawas said.
Bulo lake, he further said, will be closed for tourists on April 10, 2021 to cater an event by young people from Barangay Agbannawag.
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