PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has already signed into law the rehabilitation and maintenance of Kennon Road in Baguio City.
Republic Act 11604 requires the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to implement and supervise the full rehabilitation and maintenance of Kennon Road, to make it passable in all weather.
The law includes the conduct of technical and engineering studies and the determination of the extent and duration of the project.
The amount necessary to cover the Kennon Road’s rehabilitation and maintenance will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.
Despite its popularity among Baguio City-bound motorists, Kennon Road has been the site of numerous accidents caused by landslides, and authorities frequently order the closure of the 34-kilometer highway during heavy rains and typhoons.
Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, the principal author, said that the project once completed would immediately end the highway’s “open-close” situation due to temporary and short-term remedies and ease the influx of tourists coming into the city during its peak seasons.
Built in 1903, Kennon Road is one of the oldest major access roads to and from Baguio City. The highway connects the city to its neighboring municipality of Rosario, La Union.