Kennon Road, 5 other roads in CAR, Cagayan Valley closed due to “Falcon” — DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 17, 2019   •   1121

Kennon Road in Baguio City

Several road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley are closed to traffic due to the effects of Tropical Storm Falcon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday.

The DPWH said that as of 12 noon of Tuesday (July 17), four road sections in CAR and two in Cagayan Valley have been inaccessible due to road cut, road slip, soil erosion, flooding and unsafe road conditions brought by the storm.

The DPWH Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) identified impassable roads in CAR as: Kennon Road; Baguio-Bontoc Road; Governor Bado Dangwa National Road (formerly Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road) K0345+800 – K0345+890 section in Mogao, Gambang, Bakun, Benguet; Tabuk – Banaue Road, Matteled Section in Duplingan, Tanudan, Kalinga.

Motorists are advised to take Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bauang Road (Naguilian Road) or Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road as alternate route to Kennon Road.

Travelers who are supposed to use Baguio-Bontoc Road may traverse Nacagang-Abatan, Bauko, Maba-ay provincial road.

In Region 2, the Bangag-Magapit Road, K0693+500 – K0694+000, Allacapan Section in Cagayan Province; and the detour road of Ngilinan Bridge along NRJ Villa Sur-San Pedro-Cabuaan-Ysmael-Disimungal Road, K0368+628 – K0369+015, in Barangay San Pedro, Madella, Quirino province are also closed to light vehicles due to flooding.

The DPWH said concerned offices have already installed warning signs and dispatched maintenance crew to assist flow of traffic in the affected areas.

The department added that clearing operation will be conducted once the rain stops.

On Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported in its 5 p.m. bulletin that Tropical storm “Falcon” has maintained strength as it moves towards the north northwest direction at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).

It was last spotted at 265 kilometers East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 is up over Batanes while TCWS No. 1 has been raised over Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Babuyan group of islands.

Trough of TD Ineng drenches most of PH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 21, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The trough or extension of Tropical Depression Ineng is currently affecting most parts of the Philippines on Wednesday (August 21), according to the state weather service PAGASA.

As of 4:00 AM today, TD Ineng is located at 975 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes or 1,245 km. East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

It is moving towards the North direction at 10 km/h.

Ineng’s trough is brining cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon particularly in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Likewise, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localize thunderstorms will be experienced in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

According to PAGASA, TD Ineng is unlikely to make landfall in any part of the country but it is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 12 to 24 hours.

DPWH to conduct road repairs from August 16-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 16 (Friday) to August 19 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. later in the following roads:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Sojen and fronting Chevrolet (5th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • Katipunan Ave. from approach Boni Serrano Tunnel (truck lane)
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)


WESTBOUND

  • General Luis before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA before New York St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • C-5 Road C.P Garcia approach to Kalayaan Ave. Ext.


Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19.

PAGASA declares end of El Niño

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA has declared the end of weak El Niño which has started in the last quarter of 2018.

This means that the temperature in the Pacific Ocean has returned to normal and will remain so until the end of 2019.

During the past three to five months, areas of Oriental Mindoro and Sultan Kudarat experienced less rainfall.

But this August, PAGASA expects normal rainfall level in areas of Calabarzon, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Metro Manila, most parts of Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Bataan, Aurora, Agusan Del Norte, and Surigao Del Norte.

The El Niño has incurred P7.963-B worth of damage in agriculture across the country, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in JUNE 27, 2019.

This is apart from other problems such as the water crisis that hit Metro Manila when the level of water reserve in Angat Dam dipped below the minimum operating level of 180 meters.

For now, the dam’s supply is gradually recovering as it hit 177.12 meters at 6:00 a.m. today (August 16).

With this development, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) may soon increase water allocation in Metro Manila to 40 cubic meters per second from the current 36 cubic meters per second, according to the agency’s Executive Director Sevillo David. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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