DPWH to prioritize road, bridge repairs in quake areas
MANILA - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is prioritizing the immediate repair of damaged roads and bridges in quake-hit areas in the Visayas.
In an interview with "Mornings @ ANC" on Thursday, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said they hope to make damaged roads passable within a week's time and damaged bridges functional within three to four weeks.
"May 14 na tulay na nasira pero yung 3 dito severely damage dahil nag-collapse. These are the ones in Loon, Maribojoc and Albuquerque. The others we will be able to restore in a week or 2, but the 3 that collapsed we will have to do temporary steel bridges so it can be useful in about 3 to 4 weeks' time. The roads that were damaged we should be able to restore in a week's time," he said.
The DPWH chief said they have mobilized volunteers from the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers to assess the structural integrity of public facilities in quake-hit areas.
He said they are launching the structural resiliency program where structures will have to be updated to comply with the latest building code.
"The more important thing for us now is to do a structural assessment of all the buildings, hospitals, schools and public markets to make sure they are structurally sound before we allow people to use them. Otherwise, we will have to retrofit and upgrade to make them functional," he explained.
"Rather than just repair them to the original condition, we will repair and retrofit so that these buildings become compliant with the latest building code," Singson added. -- ANC