Over a week after typhoon Yolanda struck the Eastern Visayas region, the Department of Public Works and Highways has now opened all the national roads in the area, and is now focusing its efforts on the clearing of the secondary and city roads in Tacloban City in Leyte.
According to DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson, the agency's first objective was to "clear primary national roads so that supply lines will have access, or the food stuff (and) relief operations could reach the affected areas."
To facilitate the movement of the relief goods to the devastated areas, the DPWH advises that those coming from Bicol to Tacloban may utilize the Matnog RoRo-Allen-Catbalongan-San Juanico route.
Those transporting relief goods from Cebu and destined for Ormoc and Leyte are advised to take one of two routes: Ormoc-Carigara-Palo-Tacloban and Ormoc-Baybay-Abuyog-Dulag-Tolosa-Palo-Tacloban.
For the relief efforts going to Borongan and Guiuan in Eastern Samar, the Catbalogan-Wright-Taft-San Julian-Borongan-Hernani-Guiuan and Catbalogan-Basay-Marabut-Lawaan-Guiuan are the two route options.
The agency added that although there are road sections with limited lanes due to badly damaged road sections, it is looking to fully recover the right of way of the national highways within three to four days.
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