Flow of traffic was paralyzed for nine hours after a landslide early on Tuesday closed the Zamboanga-Pagadian highway.
In a phone interview, Mayor Randy Climaco of Tungawan town, Zamboanga Sibugay said that, fortunately, no one was affected since there was no inhabitants in the area when the side cut of a hill eroded around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Upper Tungawan, Tungawan town, thereby closing the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway.
The Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway which connects this city to Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur, serves as the main thoroughfare both for inter-provincial bus and cargo vehicles traveling to and from as far as Cagayan de Oro City.
Climaco said the Zamboanga-Pagadian Highway is now passable when they were able to clear the highway of debris around 11 a.m.
“It is now okay, the highway is now again passable for all types of land transportation,” Climaco said.
Climaco thanked Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), police, military and other agencies that assisted them in the clearing operations. PNA