Cavite government bans loitering, selfies along Kaybiang Tunnel

Updated Mar 18, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Traffic Updates

No more milling around the area, according to Governor Jonvic Remulla.

Kaybiang Tunnel in Cavite is a familiar and popular location for travelers, whether on four wheels or two. They frequently take the opportunity to stop along the road and have their pictures taken, often posing with the tunnel serving as a backdrop.

Kaybiang Tunnel hashtag

The hashtag #KeepKaybiangSafe was launched together with the governor's advisory

But those days are likely over. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla posted on his Facebook account that he is declaring the 300-meter long passageway and its surroundings a ‘No Tourism Zone’, citing reports of traffic congestion, improper garbage disposal, and even scuffles brought about by visitors converging in the area. The ban takes effect on Friday, March 19, and will prohibit the following:

  • Vehicles parking in the vicinity of Kaybiang Tunnel
  • Cyclists using the tunnel for leisure purposes
  • Eating in the vicinity of the tunnel
  • Taking selfies in or near the tunnel
  • Loitering in the area
  • Using horns inside the tunnel

To enforce the ban, checkpoints manned by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will be put up in Tanza, Naic, Maragondon, and Ternate. Remulla also encouraged residents to report violations and other irregular activities in the area.

"Hindi ko naman kagustuhan ang basagan ng trip. Ngunit responsabilidad ko din na siguraduhin na maayos ang (flow) ng traffic at maintenance ng law and order sa ating mga lansangan," he said.

(I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade. But I also have the responsibility to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and the maintenance of law and order in Cavite's roads)

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PNP cleanup

Improper garbage disposal has been a problem in the area

Currently the longest underground highway tunnel in the country, Kaybiang Tunnel was formally opened in 2013, linking Cavite and Batangas on the scenic Ternate-Nasugbu Highway. From an average of 200, the number of people visiting the tunnel has surged to 2,500 in 2020.

In a follow up post, Remulla also included Patungan Beach and Patungan Munti as part of the restricted areas under the ban, on the following grounds:

  • Lack of sanitary facilities such as restrooms and waste disposal bins
  • No lifeguards on duty, resulting in reported drowning deaths every year
  • No designated parking areas as the properties are situated on private land
  • Vendors that do business in the area do not have the necessary business and food handling permits from the local government

He warns motorists that the PNP Highway Patrol Group is tasked to secure and maintain traffic flow in these areas. Riders of non-motorized two-wheeled vehicles going to Nasugbu will not be allowed passage and are advised to find alternate routes. Violators will have their vehicles clamped, with penalties to be paid at the governor’s office in Trece Martires City.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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