Chocolate Hills Entrance Fee – The municipal government’s move to increase the entrance fee, from P50 to P100 per person, at the Chocolate Hills Complex in this town has been suspended by the Bohol Provincial Board. The Bohol PB approved Resolution No. 2015-123, urging Carmen town Mayor Ricardo Francisco Toribio “to hold in abeyance the implementation of the increase of entrance fee rate at the Chocolate Hills Complex.”
The approved resolution, sponsored by PB Member Venzencio Arcamo, and co-sponsored by Vice Governor Concepcion Lim, was sent via email to Toribio, according to PB Secretary Bonifacio Quirog, who also signed the measure.
The accompanying letter to the mayor explained that the proposed imposition of the hiked entrance fee to the complex “deserves further consultation, not only within the Municipality of Carmen, but also with other stakeholders in the tourism industry, more importantly, the provincial government that owns the property.”
The Chocolate Hills Complex
The Chocolate Hills Complex, situated in Barangay Buenos Aires of Carmen town and has been drawing thousands of visitors every year, is still owned by the provincial government but operated by municipal government under an agreement of a 70-30 sharing of the net income.
The provincial government may not own the entire complex as the town “silently” has also a claim of the complex ownership based on the alleged donation of certain part of the complex by the Bureau of Fiber Administration.