LAOAG CITY – The Tourist Office Ilocos Norte has advised all visitors to refrain from visiting the main tourist attractions of Ilocos Norte because of the continuing rainfall and the expected heavy thunderstorms during the long weekend.
In a travel advice issued on Friday and addressed to all local government units and private tourism tourists, said Ian Raquel, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, tourist spots such as the Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, Malacañang of the north in Laoag, the Presidential Center in Batac and other Marcos. Heritage Trail facilities, the Arte Luna gallery, the Pagudpud beach park, the sand dunes and other tourist facilities are closed until further notice.
"Going to the beach and other risky areas for swimming, hiking and trekking are also not recommended from this time," Raquel said.
He also called for postponement of travel plans by air or land until the weather became clear.
From this report, the Ministry of Public Works and Highways reported that all national roads and bridges are accessible, with the exception of the landslide-sensitive Tagudin-Cervantes road in Ilocos Sur.
Only one lane is also passable on the Pinili-Nueva Era road in Barangay Liliputen, and the Ilocos Norte-Apayao road due to landslide and eroded road shoulder.
The road Pias-Currimao-Paoay-Balacad is also under water with 0.20 meters to 0.25 meters in Barangay Paratong and San Juan in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
Meanwhile, classes at the higher professional education level and graduate school, including work in public and private offices, will be suspended on Saturday. (PNA)