Caution aired vs going to tourist spots in Cordillera; Mt. Pulag, Sagada closed

BAGUIO CITY –- The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) on Friday cautioned the public from going to the different spelunking and hiking sites in the region due to the threat of landslide and flash floods.

Andrew Alex Uy relayed that the municipality of Bokod, Benguet has already cancelled all hiking activities at Mount Purgatory and Mount Pulag.

Sagada has also cancelled all trips going to the Lumiang and Sumaguing caves as of 12 noon today.

He said that this is a preventive measure as heavy rains are being experienced in most parts of the Cordillera. As of the latest weather report at 11 a.m., thunderstorm is more likely to develop over Bengeut within the next 12 hours.

The Cordillera region is feeling the effect of the monsoon rains or “Habagat” enhanced by the effect of Severe Tropical Storm “Gorio” or international name “Nesat”

The CDRRMC also reported that Abra, Apayao, Benguet including Baguio City and Ifugao are on blue alert status with the strong rains being experienced.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Cordillera (DPWH-CAR) also relayed that Kennon Road is open to traffic. However, for safety purposes, motorists are advised to take the Marcos Highway Route or the Naguillian highway.

The following roads are closed to traffic: Tabuk-Banaue Road (Dumanay Section in Tanudan) due to clearing operations; Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road due to rehabilitation of eroded approach at Balabag Temporary Bridge, Talubin Side.

Classes in Baguio and Benguet have been cancelled as of 5 a.m. while Abra Governor Joy Bernos issued the cancellation of classes in all levels in the province before noon today. Liza Agoot, Nestor Castañeda Jr and Pamela Mariz Geminiano/