By Stacy Ang
MANILA — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Monday said some 20 roads nationwide have yet to be declared passable mainly due to floods, including seven in Central Luzon, three in Cagayan Valley, three in Bicol region, and four in the Cordillera Administrative Region, due to Typhoon Ulysses.
On the other hand, Villar said he expects all national roads in the country, especially in areas affected by Typhoon Ulysses, to be passable within the day owing to improved weather.
Villar, during an interview on Unang Hirit, said that as of Monday morning, in CAR, the roads were closed due to landslides, which he pointed out is more difficult to clear.
“Siyempre, ang pinakaimportante rin is yung safety ng ating mga workers,” said Villar, who already lost two men in the ongoing operations due to a landslide incident.
“Nung nagsimula kami [ng road-clearing operations] 116 yung closed [na roads] pero ngayon mga 20 na lang, at dito sa Region 2, dahil medyo mataas lang ang tubig kaya di pa madaanan,” he said.
In Cagayan Valley, the region hardest hit by Ulysses, Villar said P1.6 billion worth of infrastructure was damaged, most of them flood-control projects.
“Karamihan sa damage ay flood-control, halos P1 billion so far,” he said.
Some 600 equipment and 2,700 personnel have been deployed by the Department of Public Works and Highways for road-clearing operations, Villar said. (AI/MTVN)