Road in Cebu City Gives In

Incessant rains two weeks ago caused the collapse of a huge portion of the main road leading to the Cebu City mountain barangays of Agsungot, Binaliw and Guba, threatening to isolate them and barangays Mabini and Paril, officials said.

Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla said the roads are accessible only to motorcycles but some four-wheeled vehicles were still using the road despite the danger.

Arcilla has passed a resolution asking the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to temporarily close the road entirely from Agsungot, Binaliw to Guba, to prevent loss of life and property.

”The road now, unfortunately, is rendered extremely too dangerous to pass due to the continued collapse of its sides,” he said.

Arcilla has also asked the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to immediately to repair works.

Councilor Augustus Pe Jr. said there is a possibility to declare the areas under a state of calamity so that funds for the repair of the roads can be released immediately.

”We fear that the barangays there will be isolated if this will not be immediately acted upon,” he said.

But Arcilla said there is already an P11-million budget appropriated for the construction and repair of the roads in Agsungot, Binaliw and Guba.

The amount, he said, forms part of the P100-million road concreting budget of the City Government with each barangay receiving some P3.3 million.

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