Department of Public Work and Highways – Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO) acquired three new machines to enhance road markings and extend the service life of roads within the district.
Kneading machine, thermoplastic applicator and paint removing machine were procured machines with a total amount of P2 Million to be used by engineers to paint road markings such as center line, edge line and pedestrian lane. These markings are designed to guide motorist during poor road visibility.
SLDEO Maintenance Section Chief Gideon Sacro said that with the use of these technologies, road markings will last up to two to five years unlike the traditional reflectorized paint that only lasts for three to six months.
“Aside from enhance road markings, the Department will be able to save more from maintenance cost. I believe we are the first district in the region to acquire these machines,” Sacro explained.
The DPWH has been spending P750,000 every quarter or P3 million every year for the purchase of paints intended for road markings.
The technology is badly needed considering that the province has the second longest network of national road in Eastern Visayas. The DPWH-SLDEO is tasked to maintain 298 kilometers of national roads and 155 bridges, built in 18 towns and one city.