DPWH: Quakes from Taal Volcano eruption leave P137-M damage to national roads

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways-Bureau of Maintenance (DPWH-BOM) reported on Monday, January 27, 2020 that the estimated damage cost to national roads of Taal Volcano Eruption has reached P137.16 million.

In his report to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH-BOM Director Ernesto S. Gregorio Jr. said that due to continuous ground shake from the eruption, major cracks, settlement appeared along major roads surrounding the lake in the province of Batangas.

Affected roads that require maintenance works include: portions of Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road; Sinisian Bridge; Lemery Taal Diversion Road; Diokno Highway; Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road and Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road.

DPWH Quick Response Teams will fix affected sections and resume clearing operations once areas are deemed safe by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology - Department of Science and Technology.

Meanwhile, three (3) national roads remain closed due to lockdown namely: 1) Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road, K0127+050 - K0132+600 Mahabang Ludlod Junction, Lemery Town Proper, Batangas; 2) Tanauan – Talisay – Tagaytay Road, K0064+-398 - K0085+673, Talisay, Batangas; 3) Talisay – Laurel – Agoncillo Road, Laurel Section, K0081+-224 - K0102+815, Batangas, Agoncillo Section (Unclassified Road from Brgy. Banyaga, Agoncillo - 12KM stretch), K0102+271 - K0114+-254, and K0114+-254 – K0121+074 sections.