Longer travel time for Leyte pilgrims due to road repairs
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office is working rapidly to reopen direct road access to Tacloban City from interior towns of Leyte and Southern Leyte in time for the visit of Pope Francis on Saturday, January 17.
On December 29, 2014, Tropical Storm Seniang (Jangmi) destroyed bridges and brought landslides to major road networks in Eastern Visayas.
Affected routes include the following:
- Ormoc City to Tacloban City
- Baybay City to Tacloban City
- Maasin City to Tacloban City
- Sogod to Tacloban City
Bus travelers and heavy trucks from Ormoc City and the northwest section of Leyte are advised to use the Carigara-Barugo-San Miguel-Alangalang-Sta Fe-Palo route as damaged bridges in Jaro and Alangalang are only passable to light vehicles weighing 5 tons.
Meanwhile, all passengers from Baybay City and Southern Leyte are also advised to take a detour via Mayorga-La Paz-Burauen-Dagami-Tanauan-Palo route. According to the DPWH, repairs of the damaged Daguitan Bridge in Dulag cannot be finished in time for the Pope’s visit this week.
The rerouting and road repairs will most likely lengthen the travel time of thousands of papal pilgrims entering Palo and Tacloban City.
The identified alternative routes are also traversing areas with unpaved roads. If rain continues until the weekend, it will drench and soften the dirt road, making travel more difficult.
The ports of Ormoc, Baybay and Hilongos are important access points for people coming from Cebu and Bohol. Southern Leyte through the ports of Liloan and San Ricardo is Leyte’s gateway to Mindanao. — Rappler.com