List of caves in Region VII (Central Visayas)

The following is a partial list of caves in Region VII (Central Visayas), Philippines.

NameProvinceCity/municipality
Agaw-gaw CaveBoholBilar
Ambakag Baki CaveSiquijorSiquijor
Atbang CaveBoholBilar
Bakongkong CaveBoholBilar
Balay'gsayaw CaveCebuAlcoy
Baliw CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Banahaw CaveSiquijorLazi
Banilad CaveBoholAnda
Batungay CaveBoholTrinidad
Bayang CaveBoholCatigbian
Benito CaveBoholSierra Bullones
Bingag CaveBoholPanglao
Bodiong CaveBoholCarmen
Bodoy CaveCebuArgao
Bogtong Park CaveBoholInabanga
Boljo CaveSiquijorSiquijor
Buhong Tiawan/Esteban CaveBoholAntequera
Bulwang CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Burial CaveBoholAnda
Busay CaveCebuAlegria
Cagado CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Camantong CaveBoholAntequera
Cambais CaveCebuAlegria
Cambasia CaveSiquijorSan Juan
Candumayao CaveBoholCatigbian
Cang Ihong CaveBoholBatuan
Canghaling CaveSiquijorSan Juan
Canghunoghunog CaveSiquijorSiquijor
Canlusong CaveBoholSierra Bullones
Cantijong CaveBoholSan Isidro
Cantumocad CaveBoholLoon
Cantuyoc CaveBoholJagna
Carmaloan Cave 2BoholJagna
Casampong CaveBoholLoboc
Catalina/Cantalina CaveBoholCatigbian
Catugpa CaveBoholPilar
Cayaso CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Chava CaveCebuBantayan
Claise CaveBoholLoon
Crystal CaveNegros OccidentalMabinay
Dagohoy CaveBoholInabanga
Dakong-Buho CaveBoholGuindulman
Dinghayon CaveCebuDalaguete
Dinghayop CaveCebu
Duguilan CaveBoholSevilla
Duyan-Duyan CaveCebuSamboan
Eugenia CaveSiquijorSiquijor
Eva CaveBoholJagna
Francisco Dagohoy CaveBoholDanao
Guimba CaveBoholLoboc
Hagakhak CaveBoholAntequera
Haguilanan CaveBoholCatigbian
Hinagdanan CaveBoholDauis
Ilihan CaveSiquijorLazi
Inahagan/Boho CaveBoholAlicia
Inambacan CaveBoholAntequera
Inorok CaveBoholBalilihan
Ka Anoy CaveBoholBatuan
Ka Dodong CaveBoholBilar
Ka Eyang CaveBoholJagna
Ka Goryo CaveBoholLoon
Ka Iska CaveBoholAnda
Ka Martin CaveBoholSierra Bullones
Kabera CaveBoholSevilla
Kabjawan CaveBoholCandijay
Kabugan CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Kabyawan CaveBoholValencia
Kalanguban CaveBoholSagbayan
Kalorenzo CaveBoholAnda
Kamagahi CaveBoholBalilihan
Kamangon CaveCebuPinamungajan
Kamira CaveBoholDanao
Kang Mana CaveBoholGetafe
Kangcaramel CaveBoholBaclayon
Kasabas CaveBoholSierra Bullones
Kawasan CaveSiquijorLazi
Kokok CaveBoholCarmen
Kulabyawan CaveCebuArgao
Lagbas CaveBoholTrinidad
Lahos-Lahos CaveBoholTagbilaran
Lahug CaveBoholDagohoy
Langgam CaveBoholSan Miguel
Lantoy CaveCebuArgao
Loboc Tourist CaveBoholLoboc
Logarita CaveBoholBilar
Lujang CaveBoholSevilla
Lumanoy CaveCebuCatmon
Lungon CaveBoholValencia
Maangso CaveCebuAlcoy
Magdahunog CaveBoholAntequera
Mambajo CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Manlawe CaveBoholSevilla
Mesias CaveBoholTagbilaran
Mohon CaveBoholBilar
Nangka CaveBoholTrinidad
Odiong CaveBoholJagna
Odloman CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Oscar CaveCebuMoalboal
Pandalihan CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Panligawan CaveNegros OrientalMabinay
Pig-ot CaveBoholClarin
Polito CaveBoholBilar
Popog CaveBoholMabini
Pou CaveBoholInabanga
Quinapon-an CaveBoholAntequera
Salay CaveCebuAlegria
Sam-ang CaveSiquijorSiquijor
San Isidro CaveBoholSierra Bullones
Seminary CaveBoholTagbilaran
Sudlon CaveBoholAlicia
Syong-on CaveCebuBantayan
Tagjaw CaveBoholBilar
Tagmanocan CaveSiquijorLazi
Tamboco CaveBoholGarcia Hernandez
Tangob CaveBoholAnda
Tangub CaveCebuPoro
Tigdao CaveBoholAnda
Tinugdan CaveBoholBilar
Tulawog CaveSiquijorSiquijor
White CaveCebuMinglanilla

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.
  9. Phelps, Kendra (August 2016). "Responses of Cave-Roosting Bats to Complex Environmental Gradients: An Assessment across Assemblage, Species and Population Levels".
  10. "Abatan Watershed Characterization Report and Integrated Watershed Management Plan" (PDF). Participatory Research, Organization of Communities and Education towards Struggle for Selfreliance (PROCESS)-Bohol, Inc. September 2010. p. 15.
  11. "Siquijor; 2010-2011 Tourism Situationer" (PDF). Department of Tourism - Central Visayas. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
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