The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) prepared several measures to address the expected increase in number of motorists heading provinces for the traditional observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that DPWH Regional and District Offices have started vigorous implementation of various highway routine maintenance activities such as pavement, bridge, shoulder, and drainage and vegetation control maintenance especially those leading to both public and private cemeteries.
Also included in the routine maintenance activities for both carriageway and roadsides being undertaken by the DPWH field units includes traffic service maintenance with the provision of informative/regulatory warning signs or traffic advisory.
“These activities will ensure better and safer travel of motorists and commuters”, said Singson.
With various improvement and maintenance works under the long term performance based maintenance projects on national arterial roads on-going, Secretary Singson directed all concerned District Engineers to properly coordinate with the Project Engineers of the Unified Project Management Office implementing the project and the contractors for the scheduling of their activities and installation of necessary traffic advisory.
“Contractors with on-going projects have to suspend further excavation or pavement removal activities and shall begin with the clearing of construction barriers including removal of idle equipment directly on site that may obstruct and affect traffic flow”, added Singson.
To manage road situation, DPWH will also activate a composite team on strategic location headed by an anchorman from the Regional and District offices who will aid travelling public on October 30 to November 3, 2014 under the “Lakbay Alalay” program.
DPWH will closely coordinate with the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and concerned local government units for the harmonize operation of “Lakbay Alalay”.