DPWH technical experts start infra assessment in typhoon-hit Eastern Visayas

November 21, 2013 9:49 am 

By Josine F. Estuye

MANILA, Nov. 20 (PNA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday sent technical experts to speed-up the assessment of typhoon-damaged infrastructures in Eastern Visayas.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson dispatched a total of 20 composite teams of engineers from the construction, maintenance, quality and safety, research and standards, and design bureaus, including five personnel from DPWH National Capital Region (NCR).

Singson said as the government prepares for the massive repair and rehabilitation works, DPWH’s conduct of assessment aims to estimate the specific scope of work and funding amount needed.

He added that the technical experts will also identify the appropriate construction standards to be implemented for the repair and rehabilitation projects.

DPWH's assessment will not not just focus in road in bridges, but also in buildings.

So far, DPWH has sent personnel from Regions 3, 4-A and 5 to reinforce the full clearing operation on affected national roads in Samar.

On the other hand, DPWH NCR and Regions 10, 11 and 13 augment the effort for Leyte.

Deployed in devastated areas of Eastern Visayas particularly Eastern Samar, Leyte and Tacloban City are 309 personnel from the DPWH Central and other Regional Offices.

DPWH also sent a number of equipment, including 39 trucks ; 13 backhoes; 15 payloaders; 170 generator sets; 66 chainsaws; 14 tower lights/flood lights; and five fuel trucks.

After Secretary Singson appealed for help from the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA), contractors and engineering supply firms has mobilized 63 different equipment to help open up major routes and facilitate efforts to clear and restore order in the calamity-stricken communities.

The DPWH Central Office also set-up a Command Center for day-to-day monitoring of activities.

Relevant information from the command center are posted in the announcement page of website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

Also, the Planning Service and the Project Monitoring Group of Bureau of Construction has started setting up their monitoring system for tracking of progress of projects when it commence. (PNA)

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