BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya — The Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) here has sent its heavy equipments in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela to augment the existing resources of both local government units and national government agencies in the on-going road clearing operations.
Engineer Glen Miguel, assistant district chief of the DPWH Second Engineering District Office said their district alone has sent several heavy equipments to augment agencies concerned in the clearing operations along the Cagayan-Apayao road.
“We were informed earlier that our personnel in Cagayan are faced with 10,000 cubic meters of debris cause by landslides in these areas,” he said.
Miguel said the immediate response is needed to enable the entry of workers from the Cagayan Electric Cooperative(CAGELCO) to undertake restoration efforts of power.
He said only two loaders and two dumptrucks are now left in their district to undertake clearing operations along road sections in Kasibu town, one of the sources of upland vegetables of the province.
“We are expecting that clearing operations on our secondary roads will be completed this week so our farmers can transport their products to the market,” Miguel said.
He also appealed to Novo Vizcayanos of their understanding and cooperation since their resources are focused on priority areas such as the Maharlika Highway during major typhoons and the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road as second priority during clearing operations.
Miguel said their heavy equipments have been deployed in these areas even before the occurrence of typhoons ‘Karen” and “Lawin.”
“Please understand our services and focus of attention during typhoons and other calamities. Anyway, local government units, especially those with heavy equipments can act and respond immediately in clearing landslides in their areas and we can replenish their fuel expenses later,” he said. PNA-northboundasia.com