DPWH-FBED calls for LGU support on road clearing drive

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La Trinidad, Benguet – The Department of Public Works and Highways–First Benguet Engineering District (DPWH-FBED) called on the different municipal governments within its area of jurisdiction to extend the assistance to its personnel and law enforcers to ensure the successful implementation of the government’s anti-road obstruction and road clearing campaign.

DPWH-FBED District Engineer Ireneo S. Gallato underscored that parking of motor vehicles along national roads is prohibited thus appropriate coordination was done by the agency with the law enforcers and the municipal governments for the strict implementation of the no-parking policy along national roads, while local governments are the ones that have jurisdiction over local roads in their places.

“We have to send a clear message to vehicle owners that our national roads had been widened and paved for the smooth flow of traffic along the roadlines and not to be used as parking areas of some individuals and businesses. We will implement the government’s anti-road obstruction and road clearing campaign without fear or favor because we want our roads to be free from obstruction,” Gallato stressed.

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The district engineer pointed out that vehicle owners might have thought that the concerned government agencies and local governments have relaxed in the implementation of the road clearing campaign during the community quarantine period but the same is merely temporary as the aforesaid campaign has already resumed with the significant increase in the number of motor vehicles that have been allowed to operate with the downgrading of the community quarantine status of Benguet and neighboring provinces to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

According to him, DPWH-FBED personnel, law enforces and representatives from the La Trinidad Municipal Government headed by Mayor Romeo K. Salda, observed that owners of junk motor vehicles have abandoned the same along portions of different national roads in the municipality and notices of violation were issued to them to voluntarily remove their illegally-parked vehicles or the government will initiate the necessary measures to remove the obstructions.

Gallato stated local officials have signified their all-out support to the resumption of the government’s anti-obstruction and road clearing campaign so that vehicle owners will be compelled to look for their own parking areas for their vehicles so as not to disrupt the smooth flow of traffic along national roads.

He also urged local officials to intensify their anti-road obstruction campaign in municipal and barangay roads in their places to make it clear for people that roads are for public use and not as parking areas for those who have no parking spaces in their residences.

Gallato proposed to local governments to compel vehicle owners among their constituents to have their own parking space at their residences to serve as a measure to discourage people from using roads as their parking areas to the detriment of the greater interest of the majority.

By Hent

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