Kalinga folk lament travel hardships due to typhoon 'Pepeng' damaged bridge

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

TABUK, Kalinga, Nov. 3 — Villagers in this upland province in the Cordillera lamented the slow pace of repair work in the destroyed Aliog bridge in Barangay Nambaran in this town.

Joel Buco, Kalinga area district engineer, however, said that since October 25, they have been speeding up the work through a gabion-type foundation at the site to possibly make a one-lane traffic.

The 60-meter Aliog bridge, which is a major link to and from Kalinga to Isabela and Cagayan, both in Cagayan Valley, as well as to other Cordillera provinces, has been rendered not passable to motorists after typhoon Pepeng hit Cagayan province. The bridge approaches had been washed out.

Motorists have been taking the longer route passing through Bulo and Calaccad Villages in going to and from Isabela or Cagayan provinces.

The trip in going to the Poblacion in Tabuk has been increased to about an hour due to the damaged bridge, according to school head Samuel Dawagan of the Agbannawag National High School here.

Meanwhile, Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen said that at least P48 million agricultural crops were destroyed by Pepeng, aside from P30 million infrastructure projects. (PNA)

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