National Road in Ifugao Remains Damaged 4 Months After Typhoon Ompong

It's an unintentional candidate for "World's Most Dangerous Road."

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Over the weekend, pictures of a severely damaged portion of the national road in Kebkeb, Tinoc, Ifugao, circulated online. One lane of the road appears to have been cleaved after the heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ompong in September 2018. The pictures were accompanied with a plea for the swift attention of the Department of Public Works and Highways and related government agencies.

Readers reacted with apprehension at the sight of the precarious patch of road, while others wondered where calamity funds have gone and why the local government hasn’t sprung into action yet even though it’s been four months since the typhoon occurred. The original poster also noted the lack of reinforcement bars.

Repair work after a strong typhoon expectedly take a long time to complete. As of this writing, Kennon Road remains closed to motorists, with traffic mostly heading to Aspiras-Palispis Highway instead. The Buguias-Tinoc-Hungduan Road in Tinoc was also damaged, and small-scale miners conducted blasting and clearing operations to help the residents. But with damage of this magnitude in a road that is frequently traversed by people who need to get to key areas, one would expect repairs to have been undertaken as soon as possible and for vehicles to be prohibited from using the road in the meantime.

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Social media callouts tend to be overblown and annoying for the most part. But when it comes to drumming up noise about government inaction, they seem to be the most effective way to get government agencies to take notice and finally do something. We deserve better services and prompt attention as taxpayers and citizens, but until we get those, maybe we should start taking advantage of social media to demand action and accountability from our government, letting them know we're not just going to roll over and suffer quietly. Say it with us: We deserve better.

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