Opening of Manila North Road section in Ilocos Norte closed by landslide still uncertain

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Region 1 (Ilocos) cannot determine when the Manila North Road in Kilometer 578+800, Sitio Banquero, Barangay Pancian, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte blocked by landslide will be open to traffic.

THE Manila North Road in Barangay Pancian, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte has yet to be cleared by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Engr. Josie Garcia-Oamar, DPWH-Region 1 Maintenance Management Section chief, said that another rockslide hit the area which was under clearing operation after a major landslide.

“Tuloy-tuloy at 24/7 po sila sa clearing operations sa both sides, at nakakatakot kapag may gumuguho, lalo sa safety ng operators, may time po na tumatakbo sila (Clearing operations are ongoing 24/7 and sometimes we have to stop when there is a landslide because operators are in danger),” Oamar said.

The DPWH-Region 1 said these alternate routes may be taken in going to Region 2 and vice versa:

Via the Ilocos Sur-Abra Kalinga-Tuguegarao Road

– Manila North Road (MNR), Ilocos Sur-Abra Road Junction Narvacan, Ilocos Sur-Bangued, Abra Section then Abra-Kalinga Road (Bangued-Tayum-Lagangilang-Licuan Baay-Balbalan Section) then Kalinga-Abra Road (Balbalan-Pasil-Tabuk Section) and then Junction Kalinga-Tuguegarao Road.

Via Ilocos Norte-Apayao Road and vice-versa but for 4×4 vehicles only:

– Tuguegarao via Conner, Apayao Road- Kabugao, Apayao-Calanasan, Apayao-Solsona, Ilocos Norte.

– Claveria, Cagayan-Calanasan Junction Namaltugan going left to Kabugao, Apayao, going right to Solsona, Ilocos Norte where one lane is passable due to ongoing project.

The DPWH-Region 1 reminded motorists they need to pass three rivers. One river crossing has a standby loader to assist motorists while the two other river crossings are passable with caution.

Motorists were advised to take safety precaution while travelling these alternate routes.

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