Phivolcs, OCD conduct inventory of bridges PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 13:04

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and Office for Civil Defense are conducting an inventory of bridges linking the city’s 98 barangays to find alternate routes of evacuation in cases of calamities.

This move is being taken in view of recent floods in this city that isolated some barangays for lack of alternate routes to and from a certain community.

The bridges are links needed to cross on rivers to ferry relief goods and assistance to flood or calamity-affected communities.

A case in point was the flooding of the Labuan River last week that prevented commuters from crossing a spillway or water-level bridge.

Philvocs Regional Director Engr. Allan Labayog said the inventory of bridges in this city will be useful in calamities particularly when some bridges are flooded and destroyed.

Labayog said the study is just in its initial stages and the information gathered will be relayed to proper agencies involved in disaster preparedness and relief operations.

Labayog said this inventory of bridges in this city will help in the evacuation of people in times of calamities.

This will be of greater help to government agencies so they will know how to access certain calamity areas in the city when main roads and bridges are destroyed and flooded, he said. — LS