Local authorities are now permitting climbers to ascend to the summit of Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.
All climbing activities on the 2,954-meter peak were stopped in March 2020 when Malacanang declared a nationwide lockdown in a bid to contain the coronavirus.
Local government officials in Digos City and Santa Cruz town reopened to the public the ascent trails within their respective jurisdictions provided health protocols are strictly observed.
From a maximum of 50 climbers per trail per day, LGUs are supposed to only issue permits to 25 – meaning only a maximum of 50 persons will be allowed on Mt. Apo per day.
Under new rules, every climber is required to produce a medical certificate together with a waiver and a valid ID card to be issued a permit.