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ECO-TOURISM PROFILE
CONEL | MABUHAY | OLYMPOG | UPPER LABAY

General Santos City


Fun in Gensan is a blend of eco-cultural exploration
and modern day thrills and adventure.


Adven-tour can start with a warm dip in some of Gensan’s cold spring resort or a dive on it’s pristine tropical beachfront. For adrenaline river experience, one can also visit Siguel River for water tubing. All of these are within a 30 minute ride from the city through world class paved road.

The highlands of Klaja Eco Park awaits your visit. It offers experience one can’t forget from hiking through it crystal clear river to scrambling the boulders of the 12 waterfalss of Amsicong to rock climbing the faces of Malakong Wall to bat watching on the thousand meter wide fruit eating flying foxes at Nopol Hills. Added this is a hands-on experience on indeginous way of cooking using bamboo and a camping trip to Bagongbuhay Peak that offers scenic view of the city and it’s sorrounding provinces.

Up on the western side of the city El Minit Geyser. It is situated on the boundary between Gensan and T’boli of South Cotabato. This rare geographic wonders that blows hot water up to 2-3 meters high similar to fountain, is a unique experience to one’s soul as this could be the only geyser in the country today.

CONEL

Conel is derived from the word K’lanel a native B’laan word which refers to turmeric or more commonly known as “Kalawag” in Ilongo and “Dulaw” in Cebuano. K’lanel or Dulaw is an herbaceous plant that belongs to ginger family commonly used as herbal medicine,food coloring and other uses.

In 1931, the late General Paulino Santos brought 32 families from Luzon and Visayas to Barangay Conel. It was unusual then for the 32 Christian families to pronounce a B’laan word, like Conel instead of K’lanel. Due to the predomination of the Christians, the native B’laans never objected and showed no resistance to the mis-pronounciation until succeeding generations of both Christians and native B’laans adopted the word Conel.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Legal Basis of Creation — Republic Act 5412
Date of Ratifi cation –  November 9, 1940
No. of Puroks — 12 Puroks

Name of Puroks:

Purok 1                                               Purok 7
Purok 2                                               Purok Guadalupe
Purok 3                                               Purok Nangka
Purok 4                                               Purok Malinawon
Purok 5                                               Purok Udagri
Purok 6                                               Purok Nopol

Distance from City Proper:                                   13.2Km
Fare from City Proper:                                            Jeep – P20.00
Habal-habal – P35.00

Territorial Boundiries

North: Barangay Olympog                           West: Barangay Mabuhay
South: Barangay San Isidro                         East: Barangay Katangawan
Topography/Terrain:                                    Plain, Hilly, Mountainous

Total Land Area:                                               56.4 Square Km.Climate:                                                        Temperate
Total No.of Population:                                 2,649 (2005)
Ethnic/Tribal Groups:                                     B’laan
Major Dialects:                                                   B’laan, Cebuano
Internal Revenue Allotment:                       P 2,327,985.00

ECONOMIC CONDITION

Major Sources of Livelihood

-Farming Corn, Copra

LivelihoodPrograms:

-Cow dispersal
-Goat dispersal
-Carabao dispersal

Forestry Conservation and Rehabilitation

SOCIAL CONDITION

HEALTH
-One (1) Health Centers
-Fifteen (15) Health Workers
EDUCATION
-Eight (8) Day Care Centers
-Eleven (11) Day Care Workers
-Two (2) Elementary Shools
Name of schools
-Conel Elementary School
-New Guadalupe Elementary School
-A. G. Busano High School (25 teachers)
PROTECTIVE SERVICES
-Twenty (20) Tanod Enforcers

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUTURE

Transportation                                                                         Travel Time
Jeep                                                                                              30 mins.(P20.00 fare)
Motorcycle/Habal-habal                                                    25 mins. (P25.00 fare)
Tricycle                                                                                      40 mins. (P20.00 fare)

Road Conditions Concrete, Dirt Road, Macadam

Water Supply                                                              Deep Wells & Spring Development
-Name of Puroks Covered                        All Puroks except Purok Nopol & Udagri

Power Supply Socoteco II

-Name of Puroks Covered                                                              All Puroks
-Communication Services                            All available Communication Services

SPECIAL EVENTS

Araw ng Conel : November 5
San Jose Patronal Feista
San Roque Patronal Feista

TOURISM ATTRACTIONS

Conel is blessed with natural rock formations, cascading waterfalls and series of natural springs. These eco-tourism attributes are the barangay’s selling point for the future eco-tourism development. It also serves as a gateway for adventurers who wish to explore the Klaja Karsts Area.

Kalaja Cave:
Located 06’13.85’ North 125’10.26’ East, it is one of the remaining evidence of destruction of natural environment due to treasure hunting. History reveals that Japanese Forces used this cave as their source of water which in turn produced fabricated stories and myth of left behind treasures.

An interview with local oldies revealed looting of old trucks, tanks and other war materials during the 60’s and 70’s. An underground subterranean cave system, it has a 7m by 22m wide pool of 2m to 3m deep at the entrance. The cave has three rooms with length of about 209m and ends with a sump. Water from this cave is used as agricultural supplements to a nearby farmfields.

Bunga Spring:
Smooth small flowing waters from a limestone is present right at the centre of the Karsts Land. It has a campsite at the middle of mountains and cliffs that offers a good view of the solar system especially during night time. Locals herds their farm animal 50m beside the spring.

Kalaja Face:
Local mountaineers discovered Kalaja Face in 1995 but until this day, only one known route was established, with the help from american and local climbers of the city. With more than 50m in height on the west side of the Kalaja River, the face offers three overhangs and difficult degree of challenges.

Malakong Face:
Located at Malakong Gorge about 3.5km from Kalaja Cave, the face comes with 12 to 25m height of smooth limestone walls creating good venue for beginners and novices’ routes of bouldering and rock climbing. The venue also offers shaded routes and campsites.

Amsikong Waterfalls:
Located between the territorial boundaries of Gen. Santos City and the Municipality of Polomolok, South Cotabato. Around 12 waterfalls drps and flows from the mountaintop river in Camp Flores in Polomolok down to the granite boulders and limestone cliffs of Conel, creating small pools and waterfalls. It is also called Kasaba Falls in Polomolok.

Top; B’laan Chieftain Mukam Galngan, with a
piece of bamboo and handful of rice ready for
cooking on a traditional way.
Left; A mountaineer challenges the smooth
limestone surface off the wall of Malakong at
K’laja Eco Park.


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