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Cordillera RDRRMC orders units to be on high alert, halt outdoor tourism activities amid monsoon rains

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VEHICLES LINE UP at the Pakpakitan area of the Halsema Highway in Benguet while clearing operations are undertaken following a landslide early morning of Aug. 13. — LGU BARANGAY AMGALEYGUEY — JOHN JOSIE PUDONG

THE CORDILLERA Administrative Region’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has directed all its units to assess the situation in communities and implement preemptive evacuation if necessary amid continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon. In a memorandum issued Aug. 12, the RDRRMC said all local councils should ensure the “zero casualty” goal. Last Sunday, the regional council issued another notice saying tourism activities such as hiking, trekking, and caving are “strongly discouraged.” The Department of Public Works and Highways has also issued several notices on roads affected by landslides or slips. Among the areas affected were Mankayan and Bokod in Benguet, Mayoyao in Ifugao, and Baguio City. On Tuesday, classes were suspended in Baguio City, and some towns in Benguet and Mountain Province.

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