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CAR needs P710M to repair quake damages -DPWH

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The Cordillera Administrative Region government reported that at least P710 million will be needed to repair and rehabilitate road infrastructures damaged by the magnitude 7 earthquake in Abra last July 27.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-CAR regional director Khadaffi Tanggol reported that the estimated initial amount necessary for the repairs would be at around P710,507,529 that would cover the damages in Abra, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.

He noted that many infrastructure damage were reported in the region, including including tunnel cracks, road slips, collapsed and damaged stone masonry, section loss, damaged paved shoulder, collapsed dike wall, and damages on the slope protection in the different provinces.

The report also showed that Abra incurred the most damage at P449.23 million and needed P480.4 million for rehabilitation; followed by Benguet’s first district with P42.56 million; Upper Kalinga with P36.13 million; P26 million for Benguet 2; P20 million for Ifugao’s first district; P6.7 million for Ifugao’s second district; and P100,000 for Baguio City.

In a media interview on Thursday, Tanggol said the “assessment and verification is ongoing. The first thing we did was to open the roads to allow goods and services to be moved especially relief items needed by the victims at the different affected areas.”

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