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PIA Press Release
2009/10/15

NVizcaya board asks DPWH for equipments vs landslides

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (October 15) -- The provincial board here on Wednesday has approved a resolution seeking additional heavy equipments from higher officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the wake of the rainy season that have triggered landslides along the national highway from Carranglan town in Nueva Ecija to Nueva Vizcaya early this month.

The resolution came in the wake of a Sangguniang Panlalawigan inquiry with the DPWH and the Provincial Disaster Management Coordinating Office (PDMCO) here on the perennial closure of some portions of the national highway due to landslides.

The landslides, triggered by strong rains specially during the onset of typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" blocked commuters coming in and out of the region and left them stranded for days.

Vice governor Jose Gambito said the additional heavy equipments are needed for clearing operations within landslide-prone areas.

"Series of landslides have been pestering our commuters along the national highway which serves as the lifeblood of Cagayan Valley," Gambito said.

Eva Agamata, provincial disaster management office coordinator said the landslide-prone areas are in sitio Turturayok in barangay Abian in Bambang town, barangay Baretbet in Bagabag town, portions of Sta. Fe town-Dalton Pass section and in Carranglan town in Nueva Ecija.

The highways department also provide equipment support whenever landslide occur in Carranglan town in Nueva Ecija, Agamata said.

"This is a very good move because we have limited number of equipments. It will definitely help us in doing our task," said engineer Victor Calub of the DPWH maintenance division.

He said they are also working on a plan to develop an alternate route to be used by commuters during landslides.

Board member Efren Quiben also urged that another SP resolution be submitted to the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for the deployment of additional troops who shall augment policemen in the province in assisting the flow of traffic and securing commuters stranded in landslide-prone areas. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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