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DPWH ready for "Karen"

Manila (21 August) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Northern Luzon had deployed emergency crew and equipment along critical sections in national roads in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley Region.

Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. DPWH Secretary, said the emergency crew and equipment deployed is to mitigate damage brought by typhoon "Karen" and to assure that all national roads are free from obstruction and passable at all times.

Ebdane had already instructed all the regional directors and district engineers in Region I, Region II and CAR to deploy the maintenance crew and available equipment along critical road sections in their respective national road jurisdiction to immediately respond to emergency road situation and conduct clearing operations in case of landslide and other road obstructions.

"The PAGASA had already provided us with enough data on the predicted path of the typhoon, we must be ready for the worst case scenario to assure public safety," Ebdane added.

In Ilocos Region, DPWH Region I Director Fidel Ginez reported that the Banaoang-Bantay, Baleleng-Bantay and San Fernando-Bagulin sections, and Luna-Bangar Road along the Manila North Road are unpassable to all light vehicles due to flooded road section and minor landslides.

"Our maintenance crew are already conducting clearing operations, warning signs on both ends of the affected areas were already installed to inform the incoming motorists," Ginez said.

In Cagayan Valley Region, DPWH Region II Director Eugenio Pipo said that a maintenance crew from Aparri, Cagayan, Batanes, Nueva Vizcaya and Tuguegarao were already on standby along the Cagayan Valley Road.

Meanwhile in CAR, DPWH Director Mariano Alquiza said that dump trucks, backhoe and maintenance crew are also deployed along Naguillan Road, Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Halsema Highway.

Alquiza also said that motorists were also advised to refrain from taking the Kennon Road during heavy rains because of the possible occurrence of rockslides.(PNA) [top]

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