CEBU CITY, Philippines – Kawasan Falls, the world-famous waterfall in Badian town, southwestern Cebu, will welcome tourists again after nearly two years of rehabilitation.
The Cebu Provincial Government announced that preparations have been underway for the reopening of the Kawasan Falls, which is slated this Thursday, October 26.
This means that canyoneering activities in the falls, as well as in Matutinao River, will also resume.
Capitol to take over
Once the falls reopen, the Capitol will take over supervising and regulating tourism operations there, a responsibility the local government of Badian had before.
This is to pave the way for improvement in tourism operations and ensure safety regulations, the province earlier said.
Aside from Kawasan Falls, the provincial government also announced they will reallow tourism operators to do canyoneering in the nearby towns of Malabuyoc and Ginatilan, which were earlier suspended over safety concerns.
On Thursday, the Capitol will also be holding a graduation ceremony for the over 900 tourist guides who completed their training from regulators.
The Kawasan Falls was one of the many tourist attractions that were badly hit by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) in 2021.
In the aftermath of Odette, the provincial government decided to keep falls off limits to the public, with canyoneering activities limited in certain areas in the Matutinao River.
Flash floods and strong winds have altogether altered the falls’ typography, leading experts to conduct months-long safety assessments.
Kawasan has been hailed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and has won countless awards and accolades over the years. /rcg