Clearing operations underway in quake-hit Central Visayas-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ordered its regional offices to inspect all bridges and flyovers that suffered heavy damage from the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that rocked Cebu and Bohol on Tuesday.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said that DPWH-Central Visayas Director Ador Canla already ordered government engineers assigned in Cebu and Bohol, the two worst hit provinces, to check the structural integrity of various bridges and national roads.
Singson also ordered them to check the integrity of some tunnels and flyovers in Cebu City as well as other government offices, schools and hospitals.
He explained that authorities should first determine the present state of integrity and stability of the buildings, roads and bridges in the area since it will be used to transport badly needed relief goods for the affected residents that will seek temporary shelter in their respective evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, Public Works Undersecretary for Operations Romeo Momo said that clearing operations are already on its way to Bohol with three engineering districts to remove obstacles in the roads affected by the earthquake.
This is to ensure the smooth transport of relief goods.
He explained that the agency is currently in rehabilitation and clearing–up operations for the damaged roads and bridges.
Momo mentioned that six bridges in Bohol are currently not passable due major cracks and other reported damage it sustained. These are the Abatan Bridge in Cortes-Maribojoc Road, Bungkokan Bridge along Tagbilaran East Road, Tangbuane Bridge in Albuquerque town, Tultugan in Calape municipality and Mualong Bridge in Loon town and Camayan Bridge.
Roads and bridges in Cebu remain okay, said Momo.
He said that no estimated cost of damage yet since they were still assessing the incident and conducting inventory in the structures that were ruined after the earthquake.
"Nakatuon muna kami sa evaluation and assessment of our national roads and bridges, especially the bridges, and then after that, yung school buildings and other buildings," said Momo in an interview.
As for the assessment of private buildings, Momo said owners have the capability of hiring structural engineers or may seek assistance from the local government unit.
"Our priority is public infrastructures," he said. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)