LAOAG CITY – Students who could not go to school due to landslides on the national highway in Barangay Pancian in Pagudpud town can avail of flexible learning until the road is cleared.
Ilocos Norte Schools Division Superintendent Joan Corpuz said the students affected by the road closure caused by severe landslides in the town since Sept. 10 will be allowed to revert to modular learning.
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Pagudpud Mayor Rafael Ralph Benemerito II said they are exhausting all means to clear the highway which could take a few more days.
“For now, we are exploring other alternatives to mitigate the effect among travelers,” he said.
As of this posting, the maintenance crew from the Department of Public Works and Highways is working day and night to clear the area.
Benemerito said the Philippine Coast Guard earlier deployed several water assets to help ferry passengers and help them get around the landslide-hit road via Pasaleng Bay.
However, due to a gale force warning which remains in effect in this northern part of Luzon due to Typhoon Inday, ferrying operations have been temporarily stopped.
Benemerito appealed to the general public to wait for good weather before they can resume transporting passengers again.
Other travelers who need to go to Cagayan from Metro Manila and vice versa may take the alternate route via Nueva Ecija and Nueva Viscaya instead. (PNA)