Repair of Catanduanes Highway Rushed - MB

VIRAC, Catanduanes – The Catanduanes district engineering office (DEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported Sunday that it has intensified the rehabilitation work on roads and bridges damaged by tropical depression “Dante” in this province.

Boats waiting for passengers at the seashore in Baras Catanduanes.In his report to Regional Director Orlando B. Roces and Assistant Regional Directors Oscar C. Cristobal and Jaime B. Martinez during staff meeting held at Carlo’s Inn in Legaspi City last June 18, District Engineer Ignacio T. Odiaman, who is also the chapter president of District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP), said that his district is speeding up the rapair of damaged Sicmil spillway on the Baras-Gigmoto Road, the embankment protection in Barangay Guinobatan, Bato town, and the removal-disposal of landslides at some sections of the circumferential road.

The repair is expected to be completed soon, he said.

Odiaman reported that tropical depression “Dante” caused P65-million damage to roads and other infrastructure facilities. As a result of the destruction, eight of the 11 towns were isolated, and roads have been impassable from April 28 to May 3, 2009.

The unpredictable weather in the province, Odiaman said, hampered the clearing operation by workers and equipment operators. Continuous rains in the area also caused more floods and landslides, he said.

He said that some 150 linear meters of section of the circumferential road were covered with soil and boulders in the wake of typhoon “Dante” hit.

The district engineer said the re-gravelling work was suspended to give way for immediate clearing of the areas hit by landslides and the repair of damaged structures.

June 28, 2009, 6:01pm