Landslide in Pangi

Portion of the highway closed off to traffic
MOTORISTS are advised to avoid passing the C.P. Garcia Highway as landslide hit portion of the highway known as diversion road until final notice.

A portion of the highway was closed starting 12 noon yesterday after a landslide near the entrance of Orange Grove in Matina, said Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) region XI spokesperson Dean Ortiz.

Initially, the DPWH suggested the full closure of the Diversion Road, from the Ma-a junction up to Matina Pangi and vice versa, until safety for all passing motorists could be assured. The Ma-a junction up to Matina Pangi is around five kilometers.

However, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) requested that the southbound portion of the area remain open, as the road is a critical artery to and from the center of the city.

As the traffic became heavy, vehicles were diverted towards Balusong in Matina.

Equipment immediately started to clear the area of debris.

As of this writing, the respective agencies are still determining how to clear the large boulder that could possibly roll into the road and pose danger to motorists and passengers.

Police said the landslide could have been caused by recent rains. There is also an ongoing road widening work in the affected area.

Traffic and police personnel were deployed to the area to assist in traffic management.

Ortiz said that the DPWH also sought for the assistance of Central 911 and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Diversion Road is the city’s alternative route in going to and from the second and third district without passing the busy downtown district.