DPWH Biliran helps typhoon victims in southern Leyte


A TREASURE IN THE RUINS A girl collects firewood from the debris washed up on the shore by Typhoon Odette last week in Abuyog, Leyte. Odette is the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year and Leyte was one of the provinces hardest hit by the typhoon. PHOTO BY NESTOR ABREMATEA

NAVAL, Biliran: A team from the Department of Public Works and Highways – Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) led by the district engineer. Ferdinand Briones is in the south of Leyte to help with the rehabilitation of the province.

The maintenance section and technical staff (civil engineering) of BDEO will participate in clearing rubble and debris to make the roads passable.

Briones and his team will also lead the assessment of badly damaged buildings, bridges and other permanent structures in Maasin, south Leyte.

“Our assessment is not about the cost of repairs or damage to the infrastructure, but the degree of damage to the building so that we can recommend whether it is still safe or unsafe for occupancy,” Briones said.

The BDEO team is among the first responders to assess the safety and assessment of damaged buildings and bridges. The evaluation is continuing and will be submitted to the provincial government in the coming weeks.

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