Cracks seen near Barili’s damaged highway, MGB-7 asked to assess
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu 3rd District Rep. Pablo John ‘PJ’ Garcia has requested concerned national government agencies to evaluate the soil condition in Brgy. Malolos, Barili town when portions of a highway there collapsed.
Citing findings from the 3rd District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Cebu, Garcia expressed alarm over cracks visibly seen in areas near the damaged Toledo-Pinamungajan-Aloguinsan-Mantalongon Road in Brgy. Malolos.
In turn, Garcia requested the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (MGB-7) to inspect and assess the soil condition there.
“(I am) asking the Mines and Geosciences Bureau 7 to evaluate the soil in the area. The cracks are clearly visible even in grassy areas,” Garcia wrote in a statement.
The lawmaker also hoped the MGB-7 would coordinate with engineers from DPWH so they can come up with means of ‘building back better’.
As of Tuesday, August 9, only one lane of the Toledo-Pinamungajan-Aloguinsan-Mantalongon Road in Brgy. Malolos, Barili is passable after portions of it collapsed. The incident reportedly happened on Tuesday at midnight.
Fortunately, no one was injured.
Local officials believed that the soil beneath the road eroded due to the non-stop, heavy rains Barili, and most parts of Cebu, experienced in the past few days.
Barili is a second-class municipality located approximately 55 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. /rcg
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