List of caves in Region II (Cagayan Valley)

The following is a partial list of caves in Region II (Cagayan Valley), Philippines.

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NameProvinceCity/municipality
Abbag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Abbu-abbuc CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Abusag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Adventure CaveIsabelaIlagan
Aggruluban Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Aggruluban Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Aglipay Cave 5QuirinoAglipay
Aglipay Cave 6QuirinoAglipay
Alejandro Malanos CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Alipat Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Alipat Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Allan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Alsung CaveCagayanRizal
Altar CaveIsabelaIlagan
Antonio Calimag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Arku CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Atangang Nga Darulu CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Aureo Lopez CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Bassig Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Bassig Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Bassig RockshelterCagayanPeñablanca
Bat CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Burubor CaveQuirinoMaddela
Calimag Rockshelter ACagayanPeñablanca
Calimag Rockshelter BCagayanPeñablanca
Calimag Rockshelter CCagayanPeñablanca
Callao CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Camalaggaon CavesCagayanClaveria
Carabao CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Caramag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Chavulan RockshelterBatanesSabtang
Chawa CaveBatanes
Chuhangin CaveBatanesSabtang
Crystal CaveIsabelaIlagan
Cumahong CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Dabo & MarayagIsabelaIlagan
Dalla Cave CagayanPeñablanca
Dallan Surkot Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Dallan Surkot Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Dallan Surkot Cave CCagayanPeñablanca
Dallan Surkot Cave DCagayanPeñablanca
Dela Rosa Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Dela Rosa Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Diamond CaveQuirinoNagtipunan
Dios Sipun RockshelterBatanesMahatao
Dipantan CaveQuirinoNagtipunan
Duba CaveCagayanBaggao
Feliciano Luan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Gahot CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Geronimo Pagulayan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Gibien CaveQuirinoNagtipunan
Gregorio Allan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Hot Spring Cave (Snake Cave)CagayanBaggao
Hunong Spring CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Immusuk CaveCagayanBuguey
Immusuk CaveIsabelaIlagan
Isidro Cave Open SiteCagayanPeñablanca
Jackpot CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Juan Talattad CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Kapisaan Cave Segment ANueva VizcayaKasibu
Kapisaan Cave Segment BNueva VizcayaKasibu
Kapisaan Cave Segment CNueva VizcayaKasibu
Kirat Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Kirat Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Kirat Cave CCagayanPeñablanca
Lagundi CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Lalongan Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Lalongan Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Lalongan Cave CCagayanPeñablanca
Latutu-Lattuc CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Laurente CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Longolong Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Longolong Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
M (Eme) (Rockshelter)CagayanPeñablanca
M (Eme) Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
M (Eme) Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Main CaveIsabelaIlagan
Makayang CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Martin Soriano Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Mavuyok Aschip CaveBatanesMahatao
Minori CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Moon CaveIsabela[Sta. Victoria]
Musang CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Nabbalahan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Nagbukel CaveQuirinoDiffun
Nangilatan Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Nangilatan Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Nanguillattan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Nasirag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Ngarag CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Nido CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Odessa-Tumbali Cave System/Abbenditan CaveCagayan
Pagulayan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Pallagana Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Pallagana Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Pasongtan CaveBatanesSabtang
Pasulgong CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Pattao Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Pattao Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Pattao Cave CCagayanPeñablanca
Pedro Pagulayan CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Peranum CaveBatanesSabtang
Pinacanuan RockshelterCagayanPeñablanca
Poso CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Rabel CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Ramon Perbin CaveCagayanPeñablanca
ROC CaveCagayanPeñablanca
San Carlos CavesCagayan
Santa Victoria CavesIsabelaIlagan
Sarokan CaveBatanes
Segismundo Daguig CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Segundino Tuliao CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Sierra CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Sinabuluan CaveIsabelaTumauini
Sinavulluan CavesIsabela
Sinimbaan CaveQuirino[Quirino Protected Landscape (Diffun)]
Tarapitti CaveCagayanPeñablanca
Tarungan CaveBatanesItbayat
Tumangil Cave ACagayanPeñablanca
Tumangil Cave BCagayanPeñablanca
Tumangil Cave CCagayanPeñablanca
Ulap CaveNueva VizcayaKasibu

Safeguarding Philippine Caves

The Philippines is abundantly blessed with an unlimited supply of caves, many of which are still unknown and waiting to be discovered. These caves and all materials and everything else that are naturally inside belong to the country and, as declared in Republic Act 9072, constitute part of its natural wealth. It is no wonder then that national agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the National Museum, the National Historical Institute, and concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) are joining hands to ensure that caves and cave resources are properly managed, protected and conserved. The national government agencies through the National/Regional Cave Committees have been identifying, documenting, assessing, and classifying caves around the country with the final goal of planning for the proper management, protection and conservation of these caves/cave resources. The three classifications of Philippine caves assessed by the government are:

  1. Class I Caves – caves with delicate and fragile geological formations, threatened species, cultural, archaeological and paleontological values, and with extremely hazardous conditions. Allowable activity is limited to exploration, mapping, photography, educational and scientific purposes.
  2. Class II Caves – caves with areas or portions which have hazardous conditions. Contain sensitive geological, archaeological, cultural, historical, and biological values or high quality ecosystem. It may be necessary to close sections of these caves seasonally or permanently. It is open to experienced cavers or guided educational tours/visits.
  3. Class III Caves – caves generally safe to inexperienced visitors. With no known threatened species and archaeological, geological, national history, cultural and historical values. May also be utilized for economic purposes such as guano extraction and edible birds nest collection.

The National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 9072, enumerates the actions relative to caves which are unlawful and punishable by law, to wit:

  1. Knowingly destroying, disturbing, defacing, marring, altering, removing or harming the speleogen or speleothem of any cave or altering the free movement of any animal or plant life into or out of any cave.
  2. Gathering, collecting, possessing, consuming, selling, bartering, or exchanging or offering for sale without authority any cave resource; and
  3. Counselling, procuring, soliciting, or employing any other person to violate any provisions of Section 7 (Prohibited Acts) of Republic Act No. 9072.

The punishment for violating this law is imprisonment for 2 to 6 years or a fine of PhP20,000 to 500,000, or both, at the discretion of the Court. The person who provided the funds for the punishable acts is to be imprisoned for 6 years and one day to 8 years, or fined from Php500,000 to 1 million pesos, or both, at the discretion of the Court.

The law is unmistakably geared towards the protection of caves from thieves, vandals, as well as inconsiderate, irresponsible, or careless cave sightseers. If the cave is an Ecotourism destination or in a Protected Area, then it becomes more mandatory for the visitor to hire only licensed ecoguides or accredited cave guides. For their own protection and for the protection of these caves as well, excursionists wanting to visit a cave are made to register, pay certain fees,and undergo some briefing and orientation about the site, the wildlife, the local community, the needed gear, and the do's and dont's of caving.

Remember, too, that only Class III caves and certain parts of Class II caves may be available for ecotourism.

References

  1. Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Biodiversity Management Bureau (bmb.gov.ph)
  2. Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Environmental Management Bureau (emb.gov.ph)
  3. Philippine Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)
  4. Department of the Interior and Local Government (dilg.gov.ph)
  5. Official websites of Philippine provinces, cities, and municipalities
  6. Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (officialgazette.gov.ph)
  7. Republic Act No. 9072; An Act to Manage and Protect Caves and Cave Resources and for Other Purposes
  8. Agayatin, Maritess V. Cave-Related Policies and Status of Cave Management in the Philippines (pdf). Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) - Caves, Wetlands, and other Ecosystems Division. 2018.
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