via Palawan News, 17 Mar 2019: Ille Cave to be developed for tourism?
A technical team from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) is proposing to open the archeologically-important Ille Cave in Barangay New Ibajay, El Nido to tourists.
Presently classified as a Class I site which is closed to tourists, they are recommending the reclassification of the cave as Class II, to allow for “controlled tours and visits.”
The Ille Cave within the Dewil Valley in New Ibajay was enlisted as Class I under Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Resolution No. 15-522 approved in 2015.
PCSDS spokesperson Jovic Fabello said Friday that under the classification, the cave may only be utilized for “mapping, photography, educational, and scientific purposes” due to its natural values and hazardous conditions.
El Nido authorities want to declare the town’s archaeologically-important Ille Cave in Brgy. New Ibajay as a National Cultural Heritage Site.
Municipal Administrator RJ de la Calzada said they met with the National Museum last week to discuss the process of declaring the cave pursuant to Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009.
“We’re fast-tracking Ille Cave’s declaration at least by next year,” he told Palawan News on Tuesday, November 22.
Philippine archaelogist Victor Paz sounds an alert over the theft of bones from two burial caves in Palawan. The bones are thought to be stolen by the descendants of World War II soldiers. The linked article also carries a copy of Paz’s letter to the National Museum detailing the looting matter.
The Wilhelm Solheim II Foundation for Philippine Archaeology is seeking crew members and funds (approximately USD$7,000) for the Palawan Island Road Transect Project 2011. I’ve included excerpts from the project description document in this post, and the full document can be downloaded at the end, along with the itinerary. Those interested to serve as field crew or to help fund the project should contact Mr Danny Galang at db.galang [at] yahoo.com
There’s a field school to be conducted in Palawan, Philippines in April 2010, jointly conducted by the University of Washington and the University of the Philippines. Details of the cost, itenarary and registration can be found on this link or by clicking on the picture.