by: flor jackson
Naval, Biliran (November 20) â€“ Despite of the continuous heavy rains that affected the entire province of Biliran as a result of the low pressure area that was spotted in the Mindanao areas and was developed into a tropical depression named â€œLandoâ€, the circumferential road of the province remains passable as of this time.
This was disclosed by Engr. Benefredo Elatico, Asst. District Engineer of the Biliran Engineering District in a telephone interview with the Philippine Information Agency, Biliran Provincial Information Center today.
He informed that as of now, their office has not received yet any reports of damage to infrastructures as a result of the heavy rains being experienced in the area.
However, he said, it cannot be avoided that in situations like this where rains continue to pour for several days, slight damages are likely to happen such as the washing away of the road surfacing and the clogging up of waterways and canals. Because of this, Engr. Elatico said, they dispatched some of their engineers and workers who are in-charge of the road network maintenance to conduct a round of inspection of the Biliran circumferential road especially the uncemented portion and render a report immediately upon return from field inspection.
He added that he expects the results of the ocular inspection tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS) reported through Mr. Jaime Jadulco, Officer-in-Charge, that as of this afternoon they have not received any reports of damages to crops, livestock and other agricultural products from their Municipal Agricultural Offices (MAO) in the eight municipalities of the province.
He informed that no damages were reported to the rice plantations in Biliran province because the farmers have just harvested their palay. He added that as of now, the rice farmers are still in the process of land preparation just in time for the start of the planting season in December this year.
â€œThe farmers have not transplanted yet their rice seedlings to their rice fields,â€ he said.
Furthermore, he said that he has not received any reports from the MAOs of damages to the fish sanctuaries they have put up in each of the eight muncipalities in Biliran province.
As the tropical depression wanes, Jadulco said the weather is not yet stable, hence he adviced fisherfolks in the province not to go out in the open seas to catch fish as the danger is still there because of the big waves and strong winds. (PIA-Biliran)