BAGUIO CITY – As of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, all roads leading to and from Baguio City are open but at Camp 5, a portion of Kennon Road, only one lane is open to vehicular traffic due to falling rocks.
Travelers are advised to take Jose D Aspiras – Ben Palispis Highway (Marcos Highway) or EQuirino Highway (Baguio – Bauang Road) to and from Baguio City.
The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) through the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CRDRRMO) gathered the Road Network Status (RNS) in the Cordillera Region.
The RNS are reports from the different local offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Municipal and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers and the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor).
In the Province of Benguet, the seven kilometer Gurel – Bokod – Kabayan – Buguias – Abatan Road (Halsema Highway) is closed due to mud and debris flow.
The Ipit – Tigil and Sablang – Ipit Roads in Kibungan, Benguet are closed due to a series of landslides.
The Sinipsip – Ampusongan Road (Halsema Highway) is in an Open – Close situtation due to landslides.
The Kalinga – Abra Road (Pantikian Section) is closed due to a 50 meter soil erosion from the mountainside.
In Mountain Province, the Mountain Province – Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (Aluling Section) is closed due to a landslide.
The Junction – Talubin – Barlig – Natonin – Paracelis – Calaccad Road is open but needs total clearing of soil erosion.
The Sagada – Besao Provincial Road (Danunoy Road Section) is closed.
The Bontoc – Baguio Road (Alab – Balili and Amcao Sections) is now open but will also need to be cleared of soil and rocks.
The Mountain Province – Cagayan through the Tabuk – Enrile Road needs clearing from a previous landslide.
Meanwhile, a report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) indicated a total rainfall measurement of 184.9 mm collected in the last five days starting on August 11, where the 104.0 mm of rainfall was collected from August 14 to August 15.
These volumes of rainfall were cited in the suspension of classes in Baguio City – pre-school to elementary – and La Trinidad, Benguet – pre-school to high school.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda announced the suspension of classes on Tuesday. PNA/northboundasia.com