The city government of Kidapawan has decided to temporarily close Mt. Apo to climbers.
This was after members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) found that El Niño has been affecting the mountain already after they climbed the peak.
“Magpet and Makilala trails are closed for the time being. Please be guided,” the local government said.
While closure of the trails usually takes place in May, the city government said they decided to do it earlier to avoid a repeat of the forest fire that hit Mt. Apo in March 2016.
“Inaasahan kasing aakyat sa Mt. Apo ang maraming bilang ng climbers pagsapit ng Semana Santa,” it said.
It noted that the water level in Lake Venado has significantly declined and the stream in the mountain was almost dried.