By Miriam P. Aquino
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Department of Public Works and Highways 1 (DPWH1) Director Veniedo O. Reyes reported that the three typhoons Mina, Pedring and Quiel which wrought havoc in Region I destroyed infrastructures worth P739,940, 300.00.
According to Regional Information Officer Esperanza Tinaza, the damages based on the reports submitted by the District Engineering Offices (DEO) and the Agno Flood Control System (AFCS) are as follows: P528,590,300 from typhoon “Mina’s” fury, P110,350,000 from typhoon “Pedring” and P101,000,000 from typhoon “Quiel”. Reyes discussed this during the 8th DPWH Regional Staff Conference held recently at the DPWH.
For the regionwide breakdown of damages – Ilocos Norte First DEO, P312,855,300; Ilocos Norte Second DEO, P6,500,000; Ilocos Sur First DEO, P6,150,000, and Ilocos Sur Second DEO, P110,000,000.
The province of Pangasinan which was flooded during the three (3) typhoons incurred the following damages: P12.5 million in the First DEO; P14.5 million, Second DEO; P1.6 million, Third DEO; P92.5 million; Pangasinan Sub DEO; and AFCS had P21 million in total damages.
In La Union, the First DEO reported P81.4 million and P80,935,000 for the Second DEO.
Reyes, however clarified that the typhoon damages were mostly on Flood Control structures. He commended and thanked with gratitude and expressed satisfaction on the performance of the maintenance point persons, roadside maintenance crew and workers who rendered a 24/7 service during the typhoon.
“Most of all to the Lord, because aside from the Engineers and crew, we have also formed a prayer brigade to help us in times of calamity,” Reyes said.
It was noted that during typhoon “Pedring” all major and national roads and bridges along the Manila North Road were passable to all types of vehicles.
Request of funds on the repairs of the major infrastructure destroyed by the typhoons has been forwarded to the DPWH Central Office.
The official also instructged the District Engineers to immediately patch the potholes in their areas of responsibility for the convenience to the riding public. (ANLMPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DPWH)