MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has advised motorists that five national road sections remain closed and three have limited access as of 6:00 AM on Monday (July 26) due to continuous rains brought about by the southwest monsoon.
In a press release, Secretary Mark Villar explained that most flooded roads in NCR have been cleared but three national road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region, and one each in Region III and Region IV-B are still closed to all types of vehicles.
Motorists are reminded that total closures are in effect along the following major roads:
Baguio-Bontoc Road K0362+600, Busa Bridge, Sabangan, Mt. Province;
Abra – Kalinga Road, K0489+900 in Gacab, Malibcong, Abra and Abra – Ilocos Norte Road K0449+715 in Nagaparan, Danglas, Abra;
Junction Layac Balanga Mariveles Port Road Zigzag Section K0160+000 in Bataan; and
Mindoro West Coastal Road, K0353+900, Pag-asa Section, in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
Meanwhile, the Apalit Macabebe Masantol Road, K0057+700-K0063+400 at Intermittent Sections and Sto Tomas – Minalin Road (Minalin- Macabebe Section), K0072+500-k0073+300 in Pampanga; and Bigaa Plaridel via Bulacan & Malolos (Panginay Sect.) K0030+500-K0032+000 are still closed to light vehicles due to flooding.
The DPWH Quick Response Teams composed of 338 personnel with 51 equipment and service vehicles have been working since July 22 to restore access along these roads as soon as possible.
All other national roads and bridges in other affected regions are passable to all types of vehicles as of captioned date and time.
According to the state weather agency PAGASA, the effects of the Southwest Monsoon will remain and will continuously bring rains to the country thus precautionary measures are advised from the general public.