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CAVE ASSESSMENT FORM Name of Cave: BLUEWATER Location: SITIO BLUEWATER, ZONE 7, J. PALLAGAO, BAGGAO, CAGAYAN Region: 02 Province: CAGAYAN Municipality: BAGGAO Barangay: J. PALLAGAO Sitio: SITIO BLUEWATER Size of the area: ___________________ha(area enclosed by the proposed boundary) Date of Assessment: OCTOBER 09-10, 2018 General instruction: Attach site level and regional maps. Include cave maps if available. I. General Information 1. Evolution of the cave (include cave’s origin, solution, tectonic movement, etc.) The cave was first explored by Francisco "Ancis" Battung of the Sierra Madre Outdoor Club with his wife's cousin, Nardo Dela Cruz, the very first settler in Blue Water Sitio. Later during the late 80’s / early 90’s while overseeing logging activities in the area Olympio Muñoz passed on details to the caving community. During the Speleo Philippines 1995 expedition it was bought to Henry Bennett and Rich Blakes attention but back then it was considered extremely difficult to get to. The only access was via an old abandoned logging track with no public transport. This was years before the internet, Google Earth and easy access to good maps. In the year 1999, initial exploration and survey of the Blue Water Cave was conducted through the funding support of the then newly-elected Mayor Leonardo C. Pattung, MD. and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan in collaboration with the DENR, DOT-RO2 and SMOC. By 2005 the cave was becoming well known and during the Philippine Speleological Society Inc (PSSI) 5th Annual Congress held in Duba (17.835274° 121.931650°) the cave was visited as day excursion. Prior to the Congress in January 2004 members of Gaia Exploration Club with support from Sierra Madre Outdoor Club and Sang-at Sang Outdoor Club mapped the entrance series for 500m which was drawn up by G-third Atanque. 2. Geographic location and description Coordinates: 51 Q 0393977 1992812 Elevation:_________203_________________ Physiography:________________________
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3. Land status (please check) _____A & D_____Unclassified public forest __X___Timberland_____Private _____Others (Specify)___________________ 4. Accessibility (State how the cave can be reached from the nearest barangay;indicate distance,means of transportation) From the seat of the municipality, brgy San Jose, the cave can be reached through riding a motor vehicle or motorcycle for approximately 1 hour and a 20 minutes hike along the timbered trails. 5. Climatological data (rainfall pattern, climate type) The climate of the place falls under the radii of the type II and type III climate according to CORONAS classification. Type II climate is defined as no dry season with a very pronounced maximum rain in winter. Maximum rainfall generally occurs in December and January, although there is not a single dry month. Areas characterized
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