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DPWH speeds up work on anti-rockslide project in Southern Leyte

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The Department of Public Works and Highways is speeding up efforts to complete its P62-million anti-rockslide project in San Ricardo town in Southern Leyte.

DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia said the project covers the Bil-atan road section in Sitio Bil-atan, Camang Village in San Ricardo.

“In order to ensure the safety of the traveling public, DPWH will utilize Switzerland’s rockfall protection netting technology that uses high tensile wire netting for slope stabilization,” Junia said.

She said the work will include rock netting, provision of stone masonry crib walls, slope protection, and installation of metal guardrails.

The Bil-atan road section is part of the highway being developed into a circumferential road linking San Ricardo and Liloan towns.

Once completed, it will serve as access to Benit port, the region’s exit point to Mindanao.

The DPWH noted rockslides are frequent in the area especially during rainy days. Such rockslides may make the road impassable.

DPWH completed the first phase of the anti-rockslide project, which involved P27 million, last year. The second phase is scheduled completion before end-2018.