Clearing operations of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are being done vigorously for the nine (9) remaining national roads in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 2, and Region 5 that were impassable to all types of vehicles following the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.
Per monitoring report dated Dec. 10, 2019 of the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, 48 of 57 road sections previously affected by the recent typhoon and continuous rain have been cleared and are now passable to all types of vehicles.
Manpower and equipment are currently mobilized in CAR to clear six (6) road sections rendered impassable due to road slip, soil slides, soil collapse, and bridge collapse along the municipalities of Balbalan and Tanudan in Kalinga; Tinoc, Ifugao; and Calanasan, Apayao.
In Region 2, a portion of Manila North Road along Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan, the Sanchez Mira Bridge, and the Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge in Isabela are closed to all types of vehicles due to washed out middle pier, scoured embankment protection, series of landslide, and mudflow and high-water level.
Motorists going to Sanchez Mira, Cagayan may take the Sanchez Mira Bypass Road while motorists travelling to Isabela may use Daang Maharlika via Tuguegarao City as an alternate route.
DPWH Region 5 is also doubling efforts to construct a temporary detour road for motorists passing through the damaged La Medalla Bridge in the municipality of Pio Duran, Albay to facilitate faster disaster response to affected areas.
As per initial reports submitted by DPWH Regional Offices, partial cost of damage to roads, bridges, flood control, other public buildings is at P2.727-billion.