Clear roads of obstacles - RD Dequito

In a bid to improve road safety, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Danilo Dequito scored local chief executives in Albay for their alleged laxity in enforcing the law on preventing road obstructions.

DPWH Bicol Regional Director Danilo Dequito
DPWH Bicol Regional Director Danilo Dequito
He underlined several current practices that are against the department order that prohibits obstructions on national roads.

For instance, many roads are used as solar drying areas for palay, corn, and copra. Others are used as parking spaces for cockpits and bus terminals.

These practices, says the regional director, endanger the safety of both motorists and pedestrians, and thus should be abetted.

Dequito also noted that many padyaks and motorcycles are now plying main roads despite this being contrary to the aforementioned order.

He emphasized that as early as 2011, he had already reminded the region’s 16 district engineering offices as well as the local government units to comply with the order.

With the current situation, however, he feels that his reminder fell on deaf ears.

Dequito’s call echoes Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson’s earlier directive for the clearing of obstructions in national roads.

In 2012, Singson cited the results of a study that indicates that over half of road collisions occur because of such blockages. He ordered for an inventory of said obstructions, which included houses, stores, signages, fences, posts, and illegally-parked vehicles, among others.

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