Director Ernesto Gregorio Jr. of the DPWH-Bureau of Maintenance, said large cracks have opened up on roads surrounding Taal Lake following a series of volcanic earthquakes.
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Taal Volcano’s unrest: P137 million roads damaged
Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) - January 29, 2020 - 12:00am

Manila, Philippines — Damage to roads due to Taal Volcano’s activity has been pegged at P137.16 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported yesterday.

Director Ernesto Gregorio Jr. of the DPWH-Bureau of Maintenance, said large cracks have opened up on roads  surrounding Taal Lake following a series of volcanic earthquakes.

State seismologists said fissures in some barangays have also widened.

Gregorio said the Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road, Sinisian Bridge, Lemery-Taal Diversion Road, Diokno Highway, Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road and Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road need to be repaired.

He said DPWH quick response teams would resume clearing operations once the areas are deemed safe by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The DPWH said three national roads in areas that remain on lockdown remain closed. These are the Palico-Balayan-Batangas Road in Lemery, Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road in Talisay and Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road in Laurel.

Barangays Bilibinwang, Subic Ilaya and Banyaga in Agoncillo and Gulod, Buso-Buso and Bugaan East in Laurel remain on lockdown, according to a bulletin issued by the Batangas provincial government as of 11 a.m. yesterday.

The alert on Taal Volcano remains at Level 3. This means eruption is still possible.

Batangas remains under a state of calamity.

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