For decades, most have known that the highest point of the Philippine Highway System is located along the Haselma Highway, specifically in Cattubo, Atok in the province of Benguet, with an elevation of 2,255 meters above sea level. In fact, there is even a marker on the road that says you are at the highest point in the Philippine Highway System. The said marker has recently become popular among drivers and tourists who often stop to take photos of/with it.
However, it seems the famous landmark in Atok, Benguet along Halsema Highway is no longer the highest point in the Philippine Highway System after all. The Department of Tourism (DOT) recently announced that the newly identified highest elevation of the Philippine Highway System is now located in the Municipality of Tinoc, Ifugao along the Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road. This was verified by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) after conducting field assessments along the said road last January 2019.
The newly identified highest point in Tinoc, Ifugao has an elevation of 2,428.66 meters (7,968.07 feet) above sea level. It is 173.14 meters (568.07 feet) higher than the previously declared highest point in Atok, Benguet.
For now, there is no mention of whether a new sign has been put up at the new highest point. In fact, it was not specifically mentioned where along the Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road it is. No doubt, however, that the new highest point will draw more tourists to the area sooner, just as it had in Atok. That said, should you want to be one of the first to get there, better plan your trip now before the road gets congested.