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UPLB declares Mt. Makiling off limits due to landslide

/ 03:40 PM October 17, 2017

NATURE’S CLEANER George Javier collects garbage left by hikers and visitors of Mt. Makiling and educates them on forest conservation. INQUIRER file photo / KIMMY BARAOIDAN

SAN PEDRO CITY—Mount Makiling has been temporarily closed off to hikers and visitors following a landslide happened on the trail up its popular camp site, Peak 2.

Dr. Roberto Visco, director of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems-University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), issued the advisory Tuesday prohibiting visitors inside the forest reserve and the Makiling Botanic Gardens.

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“We sent someone to check it this morning and initially, he confirmed a landslip of about 50 meters in length,” Visco said in a phone interview.

The landslip or landslide, he said, occurred between the trail’s stations 16 and 17 on the steep portion of the mountain. Visco said it may have occurred in the last two days during the continuous heavy rainfall.

While the landslide was too far from the settlements inside the Makiling Forest Reserve and from the UPLB campus, Visco said the advisory stays pending the results of their ongoing investigation.

The Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve spans 4,244 hectares, covering parts of Los Baños, Bay, and Calamba City in Laguna and Sto. Tomas in Batangas.

“We closed it off just to be safe,” he said. /jpv

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