Initial cost of quake damage to infra in Region 3 estimated at P200-M

MANILA The initial cost of damage to national roads in Central Luzon caused by the magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck on Monday is estimated at PHP200 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Tuesday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, in an interview via Facebook, said the province of Pampanga was badly hit as several roads, bridges, and buildings have been damaged.

"There is quite big damage in Pampanga. In other provinces, we have yet to receive reports of major damages on national roads. Consuelo Bridge (in Floridablanca town) is completely closed. Our assessment team is on its way. So far, there is no major damage on the bridge. Hopefully, by today, it will be passable to light vehicles but we will continue our assessment on it for safety reasons," the DPWH chief added.

Villar added that there were also damages reported at the Mega Dike Access Road in Pampanga and Sasmuan-Lubao Road.

"Those are the two major roads affected by the earthquake. There are three bridges that have been damaged but as of today (Tuesday), these are now passable to light vehicles," he added.

Meanwhile, Villar, together with local DPWH officials, also inspected the Chuzon Supermarket and Porac Church.

"There is significant damage on the Porac Church because the structure is already old and it is not designed to withstand a major seismic event. Damage assessment is ongoing. Up to now, the church remains closed," he said.

He added the repair of the bridge approach will start on Tuesday and is expected to open within 24 hours.

"Quick response teams have been activated throughout Region 3, NCR, and Region 4-A to assess the structural integrity of key infrastructure in the earthquake-affected area. As of noon, three road sections are closed to all types of vehicles in Region 3 due to the damaged bridge, cracks, collapsed slope protection and scouring. This includes (1) East Lateral Mega Dike, (2) Floridablanca-Consuelo Bridge, and (3) Sasmuan-Lubao Road," he added.

At the same time, Villar said they are ready to help local governments in addressing concerns on public infrastructures.

He added that inspection teams are currently doing assessments on structures in areas affected by the tremor. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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