City Hall on Sunday advised commuters to leave their homes early for school and work as the “landslide portion” of Diversion Road or the Carlos P. Garcia Highway will remain close to all types of vehicles.
In an advisory released on Sunday afternoon, the City Information Office (CIO) announced Diversion Road will remain closed because the portion of Shrine Hills where the landslide occurred has not been declared safe for passage by the engineers due to the clearing operations.
While classes are not suspended, the public is advised to leave for work and school earlier than usual, and plan travel schedules accordingly to avoid traffic inconvenience.
The city government’s engineering office is closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in road clearing and stabilizing the landslide area along Carlos P. Garcia Highway.
The closure of the portion of the highway has caused monstrous traffic along the stretch of McArthur Highway.
Engr. Joseph Dominic Felizarta, head of the City Engineers Office (CEO) said his office is closely coordinating with the DPWH giving assistance and ensuring that similar incident will not occur again. DPWH is undertaking the road widening of Carlos P. Garcia more known as Diversion Road.
“Since it is a project of the DPWH, all we can do is to give assistance. For now, our engineers are in the area to help the DPWH in assessing the situation,” Felizarta said.
He said the CEO also made sure that residents near the landslide area will be transferred permanently.
A total of 48 families were forced to evacuate following the landslide Thursday night. Ayan C. Mellejor with PNA report