‘Agaton’ infrastructure damage reaches P311M-A A +A
Friday, January 24, 2014
THE cost of damage to infrastructure due to stormy weather caused by Tropical Depression "Agaton" has reached P311-million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Thursday.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said that he has directed the deployment of equipment and laborers to restore affected highways, in accordance with the agency’s disaster response program.
Singson said that the technical personnel are currently undertaking survey works for the rehabilitation plan of several infrastructures damaged by the heavy rainfall recently brought by the recent typhoon.
DPWH Eastern Visayas 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 the recent weather disturbance that hit the several provinces in Visayas and Mindanao.
Singson also noted that other roads and bridges rendered not passable by the heavy rains brought by “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.
Meanwhile in Caraga Region, km 1241+720 Tabon-Tabon Section of the Daang Maharlika (Agusan-Davao Road) is hardly passable due to major cracks traversing road carriageway and depression depth from 10 to 40-centimeters affecting newly repaired box culvert while km. 1246+900 to km 1248+228 is also severely affected by road-slips and pavement cracking.
The Public Works chief noted that the agency’s 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.
Singson said that the initial cost of damaged to infrastructures is around P311-million but the government agency still validating the reports as weather condition in affected areas has started to improve. (Sunnex)