The Municipality of Kasibu is one of the upland municipalities in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya with numerous attractions, generally nature-based, as evidenced by new cave systems, mountain ranges, waterfalls, and rivers. Kasibu is known for producing large volumes of agricultural commodities, in addition to being secondary to nature. It is one of the significant municipalities producing high-value crops in the province and is dubbed the Citrus Capital of the Philippines, which has various citrus fruits. Nevertheless, not all of these attractions are ready for tourism activities and need more assessment and inspection before development.
One of the Municipal Tourism Office functions together with the Provincial Tourism Office. The DOT inspects potential tourism sites for proper planning and formulates programs and recommendations to develop local tourism facilities and attractions, tapping into local resources and funds. The tool developed by DOT is used, and a list of validated attractions and sites for prioritization is produced.
Based on the latest inventory of the Municipal Tourism Office, there are eighteen (18) listed tourism attractions within the territorial jurisdiction of Kasibu. The Site Attraction Evaluation Worksheet (SAEW) prescribed by the Tourism Guidebook for LGUs was used to evaluate these attractions and sites (Annex A).
The SAEW includes seven criteria: uniqueness and natural beauty, historical/cultural value, accessibility, availability of basic utilities, on-site facilities, property ownership, and quality of surroundings. Each site uses each criterion. The highest score is 5, and the lowest score is 1.
The DOT considers the site’s unique attractions, beauty, natural/undisturbed beauty, and recognized tourist attractions.
Sub-criteria for historical/cultural value include built heritage (50 years or older), festivals, culinary experience, and museums. Accessibility considers whether or not the site is accessible all year, regular/commercial transport services are available, distance from the service center, and manageable town center. The Availability of Basic Utilities examines the availability of safe drinking water, adequate power, communications (i.e., Internet, phones), drainage/sewerage systems, and solid waste management systems. There must be clean and safe restrooms for both men and women, onsite facilities, reasonable accommodation, clean and quality food service, other activity facilities (picnic huts, pools, sports facilities, and so on), and directional and information signage. In ownership of property, evaluators have to determine whether the Local Government owns it, privately owned/managed/ leased by a private entity, under CARP, tenants/ residents, or ancestral domain/land claimants. Similarly, the site is assessed for the quality of its surroundings, including the presence or absence of landfills/dumpsites, mining sites, and informal settlements, as well as beautiful vistas/views and support services. The surroundings are defined as areas within a five-kilometer radius of the site.