UNACCREDITED. The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), its regional office shown in this photo in Baguio City, says the resort in Tabuk City, Kalinga where a nurse died after falling from a zipline, was not accredited to have a zipline in its facility. DOT-CAR regional director Jovita Ganongan said an investigation is ongoing to determine accountability and liability over the incident. (PNA photo by Liza T. Agoot)
BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR) said the resort in Kalinga where a nurse died after falling off a zipline did not have accreditation to offer the service.

DOT-CAR regional director Jovita Ganongan said in a message on Monday “their accreditation did not cover the existence of a zipline in their facility.”

“Right now we are waiting for the investigation report to determine accountability and liability then we shall issue them a Notice to Explain if there will be clear violations of their compliance to accreditation standards on safety then we can recommend cancellation of their certificate and/or closure," she added.

Ganongan was referring to the incident on June 12 that went viral on social media when a nurse fell off a zipline, dropped on the pavement, and was declared dead in a hospital.

She said a DOT accreditation before being issued to a tourism-oriented establishment must first conform to the standards in terms of facilities, and service, especially safety.

“It is the government’s way of assuring that the tourism destinations that people go to are meeting the industry standards,” Ganongan said.

She added that a deviation from what has been approved, permitted, and accredited must be subject to succeeding processes, especially adventure challenge activities that are in itself risky.

Based on the police report, the incident happened around 4 p.m. at L&C Resort in Sitio Gapang, Barangay Bagumbayan, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

Investigating officer Lt. Ryan Antonio, in a report said registered nurse Paul Herbert Pallaya Gaayon, 31, and of Purok 5, Bulanao Centro, Tabuk City, Kalinga, went for a second attempt at the zipline of the resort after he was unsuccessful on the first try.

The victim lost his grip on the handle of the zip line even before he could launch himself to the slide where he was supposed to land in the swimming pool.

Gaayon was declared dead by Dr. Bernard Wandaga at the hospital. (PNA)