BORONGAN CITY-The Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (DPWH-ESDEO) deployed equipment and personnel for clearing and rescue operations to the affected areas by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that strike in some parts of Eastern Samar specifically the rock slide occurred along national roads in Brgy. Binaloan, Taft on April 23, 2019, Tuesday afternoon.
Based in the situation, half lane of the said road was blocked by rocks that slides in the slope area that became trouble to the motorist especially for four wheels vehicles to cross over.
District Engineer Manolo A. Rojas instructed to expedite the operations and thoroughly inspected in order for the motorist to have a safer traverse in the national roads that are affected.
“We have immediately dispatch equipment such as warning signs on the damaged areas and personnel for clearing operations to open the roads into two lanes and assist all types of vehicles to have a safer traverse along the national road.” DE Rojas said.
DPWH engineers were also present in the sites to help assist the situation for assessment and inspection of national roads, bridges, and public buildings that are affected after the earthquake in order to plan and improve immediately some damages that occurred.
DE Rojas added, “Our operation was immediately activated after the incident because it is our duty to protect lives and properties from natural calamities, ease the comfortability and strengthen the assurance for security and safety to the people.”
As of 5:00 AM of April 24, 2019, it was reported that Brgy. Binaloan, Taft was already passable into two lanes for all kinds of vehicles.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that the epicenter of the quake was located in San Julian, Eastern Samar at around 1:37 pm.