Super-typhoon Rolly’s damage to infrastructure in the country increased to P6.96 billion, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said Friday.
From the initial infrastructure damage cost of P5.756 billion reported on Tuesday, the estimated cost of damage to national roads and bridges, flood-control structure, public buildings, and other infrastructure is already P6.96 billion.
Majority of the devastation was recorded in Bicol Region with P5.82-billion damage cost, Villar added.
He also reported that as of Friday, the entire stretch of Catanduanes Circumferential Road, the Catanduanes Province’s backbone highway, is already passable to the motoring public.
Clearing operations, however, are still being undertaken along sections that were severely affected by landslides. Currently, these roads have only one lane passable to motorists.
“We were able to open Catanduanes Circumferential Road through the efforts of our deployed teams who are still in the field working tirelessly to fully open the roads,” Villar said.
Remaining closed roads in the island province of Bicol Region as of Friday include the Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road in Barangay San Vicente, Municipality of Gigmoto and intermittent sections in the Municipality of Baras.