Kennon Road has been opened for the weeklong Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming beginning Tuesday until Sunday.
The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) and the Joint inter Agency Task Force Kennon Road temporarily opened the road citing Memorandum 8-2022 for some 800 participants of the alumni homecoming.
“For the duration, Kennon Road shall be opened to PMA Alumni, homecoming guests, and other attendees with vehicle weight limited to five tons and with strict regard to road safety rules and regulations,” the advisory released by CRDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera director Albert Mogol, also a former Navy Admiral.
Kennon Road had been closed to vehicular traffic except for residents and to public utility vehicles that transport the residents within the 33 kilometers stretch.
Though it was recently opened also for the general public every Friday until 6 a.m. on Mondays, for easier and shorter travel time to Baguio.
Several projects are being completed on the road and on the mountain to stabilize the historic road that was damaged in 1990.
Baguio City police director Col. Glenn Lonogan said they are ready for the guests and alumni of the country’s premier military institution. They are also expecting national and local candidates for the May polls to attend.
The city’s number coding scheme have also been lifted for the annual occasion.
The alumni homecoming, especially during election years, have virtually become a campaign venue for alumni-turned-politicians and adopted PMAyer-politicians.
Though for the past two years, activities have since toned down in lieu of the observance of health protocols due to the pandemic.