THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday opened all national roads in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) to fast track relief operations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that the first objective was to clear primary national roads so that supply lines will have access or the foodstuff, relief operations could reach the affected areas. The clearing of secondary and city roads in Tacloban City are the next priority.
Relief efforts coming from Bicol to Tacloban may use the Matnog RoRo-Allen-Catbalongan-San Juanico route while the Ormoc-Carigara-Palo-Tacloban and Ormoc-Baybay-Abuyog-Dulag-Tolosa-Palo-Tacloban routes are intended supply routes for those coming Cebu to Ormoc and Leyte.
For aid going to Borongan and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Cat-balogan-Wright-Taft-San Julian-Borongan-Hernani-Guiuan and Catbalogan-Basay-Marabut-Lawaan-Guiuan are the two routes option.
While there are roads with limited lanes due to badly damaged sections, DPWH is looking to recover fully within three to four days the road right of way of national highways.
Singson said that 36 of the 138 road sections in Eastern Visayas were earlier affected by the devastating typhoon. DPWH Regional Offices in the National Capital Region, Bicol, Central Visayas, Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) and Caraga pooled their equipment and manpower resources to support and augment the DPWH Region 8 massive clearing works.
Twenty DPWH dump trucks were immediately deployed to Region 8, 10 coming from Region 5 including five payloader while 248 personnel were sent as additional personnel. Private contractors were also mobilized to assist in the clearing activities.
Besides Region 8, national roads in Region 4-B, 5, 6, and 7 with about 113 road sections affected by the category five typhoon have been cleared.