Closed 'indefinitely' this time

The whole stretch of Kennon Road is indefinitely closed to all motorists and pedestrians after the authorities have yet to put measures to stabilize the soil in the area, an official said on Thursday.

Albert Mogol, Office of Civil Defense regional director and chairman of the Cordillera Administrative Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC), said the soil after a massive landslide at Barangay Camp 5 on July 26 remains unstable.

He said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) personnel are still clearing the thoroughfare of debris and boulders.

"There is yet no definite date until when would the road be closed because it is still very dangerous. The soil keeps on falling and the priority is the safety of the people," Mogol said on the sidelines of the 3rd quarter joint Regional Development Council-Peace and Order Council (RDC-RPOC) meeting at The Mansion House here.

However, Mogol did say that there will be window hours wherein locals, residents, and even public utility vehicles (PUVs) will be allowed to pass between 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM, and 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Outside those window hours, no vehicle or person is allowed to pass due to the high risk of falling debris and landslide.

Aside from the DPWH clearing debris near Camp 5, there are also blasting operations being done along the river in Camp 6 near Lion's Head in order to break the boulders blocking the flow of water.

Over the past years Kennon Road has been constantly been plagued by landslides during the rainy season.