Planning a ride to the Kaybiang Tunnel? You'll have to secure a travel pass and present a medical certificate first.
This is according to Mayor, Lamberto Bambao, of the Municipality of Ternate, Cavite. In an order issued today, all tourists who wish to visit their municipality or just pass through when going to Kaybiang Tunnel (Maragondon), must first secure a travel pass, as well as medical certificates. Each visitor must also wear a face mask in accordance with current quarantine guidelines.
The order, effective immediately, was made in response to concern from residents over the number of visitors to the landmark tunnel, despite the ongoing General Community Quarantine in place in the entire Province of Cavite. The visitors are made up of cyclists and motorcycle riders that frequently travel on the road.
The Kaybiang Tunnel, which was opened to the public in 2013, is a 300-meter tunnel that connects the provinces of Cavite and Batangas through the Southern Tagalog’s west side, facing the West Philippine Sea. It is currently the Philippines’ longest underground highway tunnel.
Besides the tunnel itself, motorcycle riders and cyclists frequently take the road (Ternate – Nasugbu highway) leading to the tunnel because of its smooth surface, picturesque scenery, tempting winding roads, and close proximity to Metro Manila. The Ternate-Nasugbu highway allows motorcycles of any size to travel on it. As such, it has become one of the favorite ride routes of motorcycle riders and groups.
The post reveals little details on how to secure a travel pass and what kind of paperwork it requires. Nonetheless, it's clear it aims to reduce the number of leisure rides to the area.
With this recent order from the mayor of Ternate, expect border checkpoints to be set up to inspect visitors for the necessary paperwork. MotoPinas.com has tried to reach the good mayor for a comment but has yet to receive a reply as of this writing.