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Thursday, June 25, 2009


Heavy rains brought about by typhoon Feria for the past two days caused damages to infrastructure including impassable roads and bridges nationwide.

Reports from Department of Public Works and Highways field offices to Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. revealed that among the affected infrastructure that are now impassable to traffic are the Cantingas, Ipil and Ituralba Reiforced Concrete Deck Girder (RCDG) Bridges, Pili, Cansapay, Silum Steel Bridges, Cantingas Bailey Bridges, all along Sibuyan Circumferential Road in Sibuyan Island due to washed out approaches; and Calatrava - San Agustin - Sta. Maria Road in Romblon due to series of landslides. The reported landslide along Tulingonn - Nabas section of Kalibo-Caticlan road has already been cleared and removed and the road is now passable. Also closed to traffic is the Catmon Bridge in Masbate Province due to eroded and hanging approach slab.

In Central Luzon, the following roads are closed: Candaba-San Miguel Road and Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Road due to flooding; Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road due to landslide.

Meanwhile in Eastern Visayas, the following roads are hardly passable: Sambulawan-Calasigue-Calubian Road, Lemon-Leyte-Biliran Road, and Bato-Bontoc Road (all in Leyte) due to landslide; and the Catbalogan North Road; Catbalogan-Calbiga Road (Jiabong Section) and Samar-Leyte Road and Lagundi Section along Daang Maharlika (all in Samar) due to falling big trees and rock slide; Kawayan-Clulaba Road, Caibiran-Cabugayan Road due to washed out surface materials; Tucdao, Uson, Talibong Bailey Bridges in Biliran due to washed-out and scoured bridge.

In Western Visayas, the following are closed to traffic: Arellano Bridge in Panay, Capiz due to damaged bridge; Bogo Bridge in San Remegio, Antique due to totally washed-out bridge; and the Naba-Caticlan Road (Tubingan Section) due to washed-out road.

In Malabon, Metro Manila, Sanciangco Street from Bustamante Street to Governor Pascual Avenue is impassable to all types of vehicles due to flooding reported to be 0.4 meters high.

Upon the order of Secretary Ebdane, all regional directors and district engineers are on full alert and closely monitoring unexpected incident that may occur. Maintenance crew and equipment are mobilized and deployed in different critical areas to respond on any emergency road situations. Moreover, warning and precautionary signs were installed on both ends of affected roads and bridges to war incoming motorists.

All other parts of the country reported no damages of infrastructures and all national roads and bridges are passable to all types of vehicles but motorists are advice to take precautionary measures while traveling.

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