The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has belied a claim that the viral "bridge with no river" in Bontoc, Southern Leyte is standing on a fault line.
Engineer Maya Junai of the local Department of Public works and Highway said in a Faceboo post that the bridge built recently in Barangay Pacu, Bontoc was on a fault line.
"It has been a common knowledge for the residents in the area and for the usual motorists passing through this area that the numerous reblocking, embankment and slope protection projects implemented in this particular section in the past have been destroyed every time continuous heavy rains occur. And it was later found out that there is actually a fault line, and underground watersource ("tubod") in that section. For the past years, not only hundred truckloads of embankment materials were placed in the section. All were washed out," Junai said in her post last april 19.
Junai was replying to Lito Quesada, who posted a photo of the bridge on his Facebook account. The netizen poked fun at the bridge "with no river."
Upon reading Junai's post, MGB chief geologist Valentine Narido went to the area to inspect.
Narido told GMA News that they did not see any evidence indicating that there is a fault line in the area.
Narido added that the DPWH would have sought a permit from the MGB if there was a fault line in the area before constructing the bridge. —Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena/ALG, GMA News