DPWH: 28 roads remain closed, as Ulysses infrastructure damages goes over P8-B

Published November 15, 2020, 4:55 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Twenty-eight road sections still closed to traffic as of 12 noon Sunday, Nov. 15, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

The DPWH said eight of these road sections are in CAR, seven (7) in Region II, seven in Region III, two in Region IV-A, three in Region V, and one in Region VIII.

In an executive summary, the department said these road sections remain closed to traffic due to soil collapse, landslide, mudflow, debris flow, fallen trees, damaged detour, eroded bridge approaches, and flooding caused by continuous rains brought by Typhoon “Ulysses.”

According to DPWH, there are also three road sections with limited access: one in CAR, one in Region III, and one in Region V due to roadslip, flooding, and scoured bridge approaches.

All other national roads and bridges are passable to all types of vehicles, said the department.

The DPWH also estimated the partial total cost of damages on the roads and infrastructure caused by the typhoon at P 8.447 billion.

Meanwhile, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they were able to identify P1.6 billion worth of projects that need to be done in Region 2.

He said this during a press briefing in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

“We have a P1 billion standby fund which we can use when there is a calamity,” said Villar.

“I was talking to Budget Sec. [Wendel] Avisado and he made a commitment that he will replenish it right away when we need it,” he added.