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Thursday, December 09, 2004
DPWH needs P30M more for rehab of calamity areas (11:46 a.m.)
By Marie Neri

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is asking for an additional P30 million for the rehabilitation and repair of roads and other public infrastructures in the landslide-stricken provinces of Quezon and Aurora.

Assistant Secretary Manuel Agyao said there is still six kilometers of roads in Infanta, Quezon that need to be repaired and cleared out in Quezon before it could be opened to the public.

He said clearing operations had been tedious as several bridges and roads had been eroded by landslides and floods when tropical depression typhoon Winnie struck eastern Luzon.

Agyao said the road connecting Infanta to Real is already open but only to small cars because there is still a big portion that needs to be cleared of sludge and debris.

Back-tilling in Capalong and Talisay also in Quezon is ongoing, Agyao added.

Agyao doubted if the clearing and rehabilitation operations would be completed before the end of the year because much work still has to be done.

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