Heading home for or from the holidays will get just a little tougher in some parts of the country as typhoon Nina has rendered various road there impassable to all types of vehicles.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that floods, landslides and debris including fallen trees and utility posts have made 15 road sections inaccessible in the Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon and Cordillera regions.
The affected road sections are:
Abra-Cervantes Road, Baay Bridge and Manicbel Bridge; Balbalan-Pinukpuk Road (Aparan Section); Tabuk-Banaue Road (Lubo Section); Upper Kalinga, Lubuagan-Batong Buhay Road (Balatoc Section) and (Balatoc to Batong Buhay Section) in the Cordillera region.
Marikina-Infanta Road in Infanta, Quezon as well as the Querocep Bridge; and the Diokno Highway in Kalaka, Batangas in the Calabarzon region.
Daang Maharlika Highway, Naga City/Milaor Bdry. Road; Tigaon-Goa-Lagonoy-Caramoan Road, Pili-Tigaon-Albay Bdry. Road; and Daang Maharlika Highway in Sta. Teresita, Baao; as well as the Catanduanes Circumferential Road (intermittent section), Jct. Bato-Baras Road, Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road, and Jct. Catanduanes Cir Road-Panganiban-Sabloyon Road in the Bicol region.
Rizal Ave. extension is impassable, Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, Brgy. Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar is only passable to light vehicles. Heavy vehicles have been advised to take the San Juanico-Basey-Marabout Road as an alternative route in the Eastern Visayas region.
Military personnel from the 901st brigade and 83rd Infantry Battalion were sent out to conduct massive clearing operations in Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes, the Bicol provinces.
“Our team have been deployed early morning today (December 26) to assist other government agencies and local government units in clearing the roads to make it accessible to relief operations. Debris can easily be removed along Daang Maharlika, however, while some main roads remained flooded,” said 2nd Lt. Rachelle Marie Villaluz of the 901st Brigade of the Philippine Army.