Storm-damaged road in Ifugao unrepaired

Published January 8, 2019, 6:01 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Betheena Unite

A section of Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road in Kebkeb, Ap-apid, Tinoc, Ifugao badly damaged by Typhoon Ompong last September remains unrepaired.

A photograph of the badly-damaged road section recently surfaced on social media, showing a huge cut on half of the road while a van tries to maneuver on the narrow passable portion of the road, not minding that with one wrong move, it will fall into a cliff.

(DPWH / MANILA BULLETIN)
(DPWH / MANILA BULLETIN)

It was learned that the road was damaged by a landslide at the height of Ompong.

The photo shared almost a thousand times since Tuesday were taken on January 2 by a local.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) confirmed that the road was indeed damaged in September and has yet to undergo rehabilitation.

As of Jan. 7, the embankment and caution tapes were placed at the affected section for total closure to prevent accidents, the department said.

Warning signs are being prepared for installation at both ends of road cut and at the entrances of the alternate road, it added.

According to the Ifugao First District Engineering Office, They have already requested for calamity fund to reconstruct the road cut at Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road.

A total of P30 million was requested to the DPWH Central Office on Nov. 27, 2018 “for immediate funding for the rehabilitation of the damaged section.”

The rehabilitation project, according to the Ifugao First District Engineering Office, “will start as soon as request for calamity fund has been approved by the DPWH Central Office.”

For the meantime, the road portion has been closed to motorists.

 
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