BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT) 2015 Team has discussed the expedition they will undertake in April 2015 in a meeting with the local and regional officials on September 18.
The attendees agreed that the CGT Team shall first meet with the governors of each province and the Baguio City Mayor to identify the trails which may be considered for the expedition.
“The team should work closely with the LGUs, particularly with the municipalities involved,” RDC Vice Chairperson Milagros Rimando added.
Supt. Constancio Chinayog Jr. of the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO COR) conveyed that the team should also coordinate with the AFP and the PNP to ensure the Team’s security because of the problems of insurgency in some parts of the region.
DILG Regional Director John Castañeda noted that the expedition can also showcase the historical trails in the region, as well as the culture of the Cordillera. Atty. Jonnifer Lacanlale, Chairman of CGT, put forward that trail markers can be established to give information to other hikers who intend to undertake the traverse in the future.
Linda Clarice Pawid of DENR added that the CGT can also consider the trails some parts of Apayao, Abra and Kalinga which are biodiversity-rich.
The Cordillera Great Traverse 2015 aims to establish the longest, most scenic and sustainable hiking trail destination in the Philippines by linking the existing hiking trails in the region. It will start in Sagada, Mountain Province, passing through the different provinces and will culminate in Baguio City.
The Traverse will be the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is approximated to be 422 kilometers long and the expedition can be done in 15 days. It is longer than the Great North Walk in Australia, Drakensberg in South Africa and the GR20 in Europe which runs 250 km, 220 km and 180 km, respectively. Once established, the Traverse can be added to the tourist attraction showcased by the region.
The CGT operates under the Philippine Trail Conservation and Events, Inc. (PhilTrace).
The request of the CGT 2015 Team for an RDC endorsement will be taken up during the RDC Executive Committee meeting on October 2 in Baguio. The said meeting will be coordinated by NEDA-CAR, which serves as the RDC Secretariat.
By: Christine Mamuyac, SPCAR