NAVAL, Biliran -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) readies for Typhoon Odette that is expected to hit Eastern Visayas on Wednesday afternoon or evening of December 16.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), “Odette” (international name: Rai) is expected to strengthen further into a severe tropical storm, and subsequently into a typhoon by Wednesday, December 15. It could reach a peak intensity of around 155 km/h – referring to maximum sustained winds – before landfall.
District Engineer Ferdinand A. Briones said they have already started prepositioning their manpower and maintenance equipment for immediate clearing operation and disaster response to ensure safety of roads and bridges and to provide assistance in response to damages that may occur after the typhoon.
According to Briones, standby crew and foreman will be prepositioned on all road sections particularly at Biliran-Naval road, Almeria- Kawayan road and Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR) which are considered landslide-prone areas along national roads. Necessary equipment were prepared for debris clearing operations anytime for falling of trees, landslides and flooding.
Engr. Glenda G. Dagalea, chief of Maintenance Section revealed that they will also be deploying mobile crews together with their Maintenance Point Persons (MPPs) to monitor situations along national roads and bridges and ensure all roads and bridges are passable within 24 hours after the typhoon weakens.
The said section also conducted some preparation such as pruning of trees, clearing of waterways and declogging of drains/canals, placed all available/operational equipment on standby to hazard prone areas and ready to utilize as situation warrants. The section also activated the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Team (DRRMT) to monitor the condition and report the situation of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Briones said they are also anticipating the rise of water at the Catmon and Caray-Caray Bridge detours for a possible continuous and heavy rains. Needless to say, DE Briones is confident and trusts the DPWH BDEO Maintenance Section to be timely and ever ready for worst case scenarios. (DPWH-BDEO)