After five years of climbing mountains and going places, the Local Government of Sta. Cruz Adventure Club has managed to climb at least four international mountains, three of which were done in 2012 with Julpanz doing a Mt. Kinabalu while Papong scaling Taiwan’s Snow Mountain and Vietnam’s Mt. Fan Si Pan. These are some of the major achievements of LOGSAC in the very colorful year of the dragon.
|LOGSAC's International Destinations in 2012|
Nonetheless, LOGSAC never ceased in outdoing its own advocacy to preserve, protect and rehabilitate the environment being one of its mandates. Activities like tree planting, clean up drives and advocacy climbs are being enthusiastically participated.
New Philippine destinations were also visited by the group members within the year, proof that this hyper club is undoubtedly one of the most-travelled factions in the entire Sta. Cruz municipality. Some of the places visited by LOGSAC in 2012 outside Mindanao are Cebu and Bohol of Visayas, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and Manila, to name a few. As of this writing; Papong, Pawiks and Irvhin Joy are at Luzon to climb Mt. Tarak of Bataan.
Other activities joined by LOGSAC were the following: New Corella Eco-Adventours Caving and Trekking Forum, Mt. Matutum Climb, Holy Week Mt. Apo Monitoring Climb and The Ultimate Survival Challenge by the Chain Reaction Project.
To add to the already-checkered existence of LOGSAC, new members were recruited in 2012. This will definitely add gloss to the composition of the club as part of its human resource streamlining. Over the same year, several club members were trained on Naturalist Guiding, a program of the Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources that will respond to the need of the tourism industry in eco-tour guiding considering that Davao region is basically ecotourism-based.
|Naturalist Guiding Training at Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur|
On September, a major reunion climb was conducted. It allowed pioneering and neophyte members to scale Mt. Apo altogether. It was indeed successful as terrible camaraderie was strengthened. It was perhaps one of the most memorable adventures of LOGSAC after its creation way back year 2007.
|Mt. Apo Reunion Climb|
Unfortunately, Bagyong Pablo stroked Mindanao just right before 2012 ended. And since most of the club members are well-trained rescuers, they eagerly responded for search and rescue operation in Compostela Valley town. The rest of the members took care during the LGU’s relief distribution drive a week after.
SAVERS Rescue Group President Lito Roque leading the search and rescue operation at ComVal as posted in Philippine Daily Inquirer
To sum it up, LOGSAC beats its dynamic in 2012. Our advocacy was coupled with extraordinary passion to travel and help people and that’s why even with the very limited resources it still somehow manages to stay alive and kicking. Of course, this club wouldn’t be what it is now without the people supporting it. To all those who helped us and will help us in our future endeavor, thank you very much.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.