By ERWIN MASCARIÑAS
BUTUAN City – The Bislig city government announced that the renowned tourist destination Tinuy-an Falls, dubbed as the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines,” will be closed for 45 days because of a road construction project.
The road leading to Tinuy-an Falls would be closed from June 4 to July 18 for the completion of road construction.
“Tinuy-an Falls will also be temporarily closed on the same dates,” said Engr. Rose Lee Cancio, Bislig city information officer.
Lorelei Teresa Lim, Bislig’s tourism operations officer, said the project would cover a 15-kilometer stretch with three bridges. The project actually started in 2016 at a cost of some P398 million as part of the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (Trip).
“Parallel to the ongoing road construction, the LGU will have its own rehabilitation work on our tourist facilities in Tinuy-an Falls to hopefully upgrade and repair some of the amenities in the area,” Lim said.
She said the construction project would cover the remaining three kilometers of an unpaved road as well as the construction of concrete slope barriers and drain.
Lim said, “We are also preparing new policies to hopefully implement safety and environmental regulations for visitors.”
On an average, Tinuy-an Falls earns an average of around P8 million to P11 million annually. As many of 160 thousand people visit the place every year.
The Tinuy-an Falls ecotourism destination is co-managed by the Manobo tribal council which receives 10 percent of the gross income. Another 10 percent goes to the barangay, 10 percent for the environmental protection fund, and the rest for maintenance and salaries of 40 workers.
The Tinuy-an falls are 95 meters wide and 55 meters high and dubbed as the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of the wide curtain of water that cascades from the four-tier drop.