From the Department of Public Works and Highways
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson has dispatched DPWH teams from other regions to assist in the clearing operations of national roads and bridges in Eastern Visayas littered with fallen electric posts, trees and other debris brought about by the super typhoon Yolanda.
“We have to immediately clear the roads to facilitate rescue and quick response operations,” Singson said.
“Our DPWH personnel in Eastern Visayas are also victims of this devastation,” said Singson. “However, they are still doing their task of clearing operations. Our teams from other DPWH regional and district engineering offices will help them restore immediately the flow of traffic especially along Daang Maharlika or Pan-Philippine Highway,” he added.
The DPWH Chief is also sending teams of engineers from the DPWH Head Office to assess damage on national roads and bridges and to oversee the construction of bunkhouses and temporary shelters for the typhoon victims.
According to reports, San Roque bridge along Palo – Tacloban City has been damaged. In Western Visayas, the Suage bridge along Iloilo-Capiz road is also not passable.
DPWH Bicol region teams, headed by DPWH Region V Director Danilo Dequito and District Engineer Elmer Redrico, are composed of engineers, equipment operators, mechanics, and laborers. They have brought with them chainsaws, and heavy equipment such as dumptrucks and payloaders to clear the national roads including 1,000 packed relief goods.