E. Samar infra projects checked for quake damage

By Restituto Cayubit

BORONGAN CITY, East­ern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) District Engineering Office (DEO) in Eastern Sa­mar inspected on infrastruc­ture projects after a series of earthquakes were felt in this province in January.

Manolo A. Rojas, DEO district engineer, told Manila Bulletin he directed all project engineers to check all ongo­ing infra projects for possible earthquake damage.

A magnitude-5.2 quake shook the town of Hernani, last Jan. 27, 2019 followed by a magnitude-4.7 tremor three days later.

Last Friday a magnitude-6.2 quake that jolted Surigao del Norte was felt as intensity 3 in Borongan City; Palo, Leyte; Cebu City and Gingoog City.

The DEO reported there were no damage on national roads and bridges from the tremors.

Rojas said a DPWH Disas­ter Response Team will auto­matically be activated when a calamity strikes. “Our mainte­nance crew and heavy equip­ment are on standby and ready for possible quick response to any eventualities,” he said.

No infrastructures were affected by the earthquakes, based on the report of project engineers.