CDRRMC, Baguio & Tuba LGUs do joint inspection along Kennon Rd  

BAGUIO CITY, May (PIA) -- The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council –Task Force Kennon Road and the local government officials of Baguio City and Tuba conducted a joint inspection of the construction projects along Kennon Road to look into its progress and the possibility of reopening the highway.   
 
The joint inspection was led by Task Force Kennon Road Chairperson, Office of the Civil Defense - Cordillera Regional Director Albert Mogol with Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, City Councilors Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Mylen Yaranon and Isabelo Cosalan, City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Pena and officials and representatives from Tuba LGU,  and Department of Public Works and Highways  officials led by DPWH-CAR Construction Division OIC Assistant Chief Engr. Ismael Dela Cruz.
     
Mogol said the inspection was requested by the Baguio City Council to look into the extent of projects being implemented along Kennon Road and the possibility of opening the historic road to the public.  Aside from ensuring transparency in the ongoing construction works, the inspection also aims to clear  allegations that Kennon Road is being used by selective individuals. 
 
DPWH-CAR Planning and Design Division Engineer Dan Michael Carmelo briefed the group on the different projects being implemented by the DPWH along Kennon Road particularly at the identified critical areas. He also discussed plans to be undertaken   to ensure safety measures at the identified critical areas.
 
A total of 21 critical sections along Kennon Road as assessed by geologists and technical personnel from DPWH Central Office, is being addressed by the ongoing and future projects. Most are    slope protection and other protective measures to ensure safety of motorists as well as   residents along this historic road,   Carmelo explained.
 
While Kennon Road is generally safe depending on the weather conditions, he said the DPWH is currently implementing projects such as the rock netting, slope protection, retaining walls, and the proposed rock sheds.  
 
Completion of the ongoing construction projects along Kennon Road is on 2022, according to Carmelo.
 
Dela Peña, who is a member of the Task Force Kennon, noted that Kennon Road is very unstable and unsafe particularly the several identified critical sections, of which some   are collapsible. These are now the subject of a study by the DPWH to address such concerns.
 
Meanwhile, Mogol stressed that the first and primary consideration in the opening of Kennon Road to the public is the safety of motorists and pedestrians passing through and the local residents in the area.
 
“Our number one consideration is safety,” said Mogol.   In the last two years since TF Kennon Road was formed , there was no recorded vehicular accident along Kennon Road, he informed.

A view of Kennon Road from the Camp 7 Viewdeck. RMC PIA-CAR 


Mogol bared that while the DPWH is eyeing 2022 to complete the construction along Kennon Road, the TF would be hearing the recommendations of   engineers and other technical personnel from the DPWH and other agencies on the possible opening of Kennon Road earlier this year.  Its temporary opening during the weekends is also being considered.
 
He also clarified the issue that Kennon Road is being used by selected individuals. He explained that temporary use of Kennon Road in recent occasions such as the PMA Alumni Homecoming or the Panagbenga in the past years was requested by the PMA and the local government unit of Baguio to ease traffic at Marcos Highway.
 
At the moment, Kennon Road is only open to residents along the road who   are identified by their respective barangay officials. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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