Are you one who enjoys hopping aboard your motorcycle, and heading to Kaybiang Tunnel for a quick morning spin? Well, it looks like you’re going to have to find somewhere else to go, as Kaybiang Tunnel is now closed to tourists for the foreseeable future. Situated in Ternate, Cavite, Kaybiang Tunnel has become a favorite motorcycle destination, thanks to the smooth, twisty roads leading up to the landmark.
Opened in 2013, Kaybiang Tunnel connects the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, and is currently the longest underground tunnel in the country. Passing through the tunnel, motorcycle enthusiasts would often enjoy revving their engines and honking their horns and, on top of this, countless riders and cyclists also gather around both sides of the tunnel to take photos and selfies.
Prior to the cycling and motorcycle-riding boom in 2020, an average of 200 tourists per weekend would gather around the landmark. These days, this number has risen to more than 2,500 tourists per weekend. Not only does this pose a health and safety risk, but locals have also been complaining about excessive noise and traffic build-up due to tourists blocking the road. As a result, Jonvic Remulla, governor of Cavite, has issued an executive order effectively banning parking vehicles, eating, and loitering near the tunnel.
The governor stated that, although not intended to ruin people’s fun, the closure of the tunnel to tourists is necessary to maintain peace and order, as well as ease traffic flow in the area. To implement the executive order, multiple checkpoints will be deployed in Tanza, Naic, Maragondon, and Ternate. Given the new development, only vehicles traveling for work-related, as well as emergency purposes, will be allowed passage through the tunnel. Additionally, leisure travel of any kind continues to be restricted due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.