Filipino Cave Divers (FCD) is the business name of a non-profit SEC registered group All Filipino Cave Philippines Divers Inc. Its primary focus is on the exploration, survey and subsequent protection of underwater cave systems in the Philippines.
A National Cave Committee (NCC) member since 2016, the organization is very active in the discoveries and explorations of underwater cave systems and to date, there is no other organization like the FCD that exists in the country. It was established in the late 2012 with the initiatives of Jake Miranda, Dr. Alfonso Amores (†) and Bernil H. Gastardo.
The group is continuing the legacy of Dr. Amores who discovered in 2001 the Pawod cave system in Mactan- Cebu. Alex Santos, the country’s pioneering Filipino technical cave diver who forayed into underwater caves in Luzon and Mindanao in the 1990s, is on the Executive Board of the FCD.
FCD members are composed of gainfully employed individuals from different educational backgrounds and various technical and cave diver training agencies/providers that are bound together by the spirit and passion for explorations. The current members of FCD include, among others, scientists, doctors, geologists, biologists, photojournalist, underwater videographers and photographers
Even before the formal establishment of the FCD, its members (mainly self-funded) were instrumental in the discovery, exploration and mapping of several sites in the Philippines.
- The Paglugaban Cave of El Nido Palawan in 1997 (Santos, et al)
- The freshwater cave system in Pawod, Mactan in 2001 (Amores)
- The Cenotes of Southern Bohol in 2007 (Amores, Gastardo)
- The Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave of Surigao del Sur- Mindanao in 1999 (Santos, et al) & its deeper chambers in 2010-2012 (Amores, Gastardo, et al)
- The Casili Spring of Balamban, Cebu in 2011 (Amores, Gastardo)
Several more caves in Mindanao have since been discovered and explored:
- Bababu Lake of Dinagat Island (Miranda, Cubillan)
- Pamutuanan Cave of Lianga, Surigao del Sur (Miranda, Amores et al)
- Kantaloi Twin Cenotes of Pilar, Siargao Island (Amores, et al)
- The Inner Sanctum of Del Carmen, Siargao Island (Amores, et al)
FCD hopes to provide valuable technical information about these caves as basis for cave conservation while ensuring ecologically sound recreational/adventure experience, which will benefit not only cave divers but also local communities.
Currently, the FCD is on the Lapu-Lapu City led “Task Force Pawod” which is only a few meetings away from obtaining a city ordinance that will turn the Pawod Underwater Cave System into a protected and managed site. Future plan is to turn the Task Force into a Board in order to create permanence of its presence.
You can view a full list of our exploration reports and published articles in the ARCHIVE section of this site. To contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call (63)(32)09272340958.