Are you familiar with Daang Kalikasan? You know, that stretch of road in Pangasinan that’s gone viral because of its picturesque surroundings? Well, it might be closed because of the high number of accidents in the area.
In a Facebook post released yesterday, Pangasinan Congressman Jumel Espino said that he has coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and local government units (LGU) to recommend the temporary closure of the route because of recent mishaps.
“May ilan na po na naaksidente at nabawian ng buhay habang binabaybay ang daang ito. Sa katunayan ngayong umaga lang ay meron po ulit nadisgrasya,” Espino said in his post. “Wala po may gusto ng ganitong mga pangyayari at wala din po tayo kailangan sisihin sa mga ganitong pangyayari. Prayoridad po natin ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa.”
The official added that the local government now also has to deal with the trash left behind by tourists. “Ito po ang isa sa pinaka masama na nangyayari sa Daang Kalikasan,” Espino said referring to the rampant littering.
“Ang pansamantalang pagsara na ito ay para lalong mapaganda at maiayos ang Daang Kalikasan at matapos ng husto ang proyekto na ito. Pag-aaralan din po ang mga nararapat pang gawin para sa kaligtasan ng bawat isa,” Espino stressed, also encouraging tourists to return once the road re-opens.
“Sa muling pagbubukas po nito sa tamang panahon ay amin pong asahan ang inyong pagbisita at pagpasyal sa Daang Kalikasan.”
This is why we can’t have nice things.
UPDATE: The DPWH has released an advisory stating that the road has already been closed, and will not be reopened until the project’s full completion. Check out the announcement below:
Guys, when it’s finally opened to the public again, please take care and clean as you go.