BAGUIO CITY, July 28(PIA) -- Due to the strong and continuing downpour, authorities on Friday closed several tourist destinations in Benguet and Mountain Province to ensure the safety of tourists and other visitors including the locals.
The Kabayan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chaired by Mayor Gideon Todiano closed the Mount Pulag National Park while the Protected Area of the Upper Agno River Basin Forest Reserve closed the Mount Purgatory in Bokod
In Sagada, Mountain Province, MDRRM Officer Robert Pangod said that the LGU closed the caves for spelunking activities to ensure that visitors will be safe until the weather improves.
Just recently, a guide in Sagada died after drowning inside Victoria Cave where he got trapped due to a downpour.
Tourists and visitors who are planning to visit Benguet and Mountain Province this weekend are advised to reschedule their trips for their own safety.
Meanwhile, motorists en route to Baguio City and Benguet are advised to avoid Kennon Road for safety precautions as said road is prone to landslides.
The DPWH-CAR advised motorists coming in or out of Baguio City to use alternate routes such as Marcos Highway and Quirino Highway (Naguillian Road) which are safer for travels during the rainy season.
As of Friday, most roads in the region are open and passable. Closed are the Tabuk-Banaue Road particularly at the Dumanay Section in Tanudan which is undergoing clearing operations and the Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road which is undergoing rehabilitation. The Gurel-Bokod-Kabayan-Buguias Road has one lane passable due to landslide.
According to PAGASA, the monsoon rains enhanced by typhoon Gorio are expected over Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Mt. Province, lfugao, Apayao, and Abra over the weekend and may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Gorio is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday afternoon. (JDP/ RMC- PIA CAR)