DPWH Sends Equipment and Personnel on Roads Affected by L.P.A. & "Agaton"

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Technical personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region 8 are now undertaking survey works for the rehabilitation plan at the landslide affected section of Daang Maharlika in Southern Leyte.

DPWH Region 8 reported that vehicular traffic flow are presently diverted at Tacloban-Baybay South Road-Maasin Route and Bato-Bontoc Road following the occurrence of major landslides and road cut at the Boundary Mahaplag-Sogod-Libagon-Liloan Road of the Daang Maharlika because of heavy rains due to low pressure area (LPA) and Typhoon “Agaton”.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed the deployment of equipment and laborers to restore affected highway, in accordance with DPWH disaster response program.

Other roads and bridges rendered not passable by the heavy rains caused by the presence of L.P.A. and typhoon “Agaton” include Larapan Bridge along Linamon-Zamboanga Road in Linamon, Lanao del Norte which collapse due to flashfloods on which DPWH is presently constructing a detour bridge; Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road specifically km. 1305 (Anakan Section) and km. 1308 (Gingoog City) due to landslides; scoured approach of Governor Teodoro Palma Gil (Manurigao) Bridge and washed-out Lumao Bridges along Surigao-Davao Coastal Road in Davao Oriental; intermittent sections between kms. 1580 to 1585 of Cateel-Compostela Road in Boston, Davao Oriental due to landslides; and Mati-Maragusan Road specifically km 1499+774 in Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental due to multiple landslides.

In CARAGA Region, km 1241+720 Tabon-Tabon Section of the Daang Maharlika (Agusan-Davao Road) is hardly passable because of major cracks traversing road carriageway and depression depth from 10 centimenter to 40 centimeter affecting newly repaired box culvert while km. 1246+900 to km 1248+228 is also severely affected by roadslips and pavement cracking.

DPWH equipment and workers are working round the clock to open the affected road sections including the installation of safety barricades, warning signs, and conduct of temporary patching.

Also not passable are several sections of Junction Bayugan-Esperanza Road, Junction Bayugan-Calaitan-Tandag Road, and Butuan City-Talacogon-Loreto-Veruela-Sta. Josefa Road in Agusan del Sur while previously affected road sections of Surigao-Davao Coastal Road and Jct. Gamut-San Miguel Bayugan Road are already passable as floodwater started to subside.

Initial estimates of damaged to infrastructure is about P311 Million which is being validated as weather condition in affected areas has started to improve.