LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Department of Public Works and Highways–First Benguet Engineering District (DPWH-FBED) intensified its anti-road obstruction and road clearing operations recently after a slowdown of the said efforts during the implementation of the community quarantine.
Engr. Ireneo S. Gallato, DPWH-FBED district engineer, said the resumption of the agency’s anti-road obstruction and road clearing campaign in the different national roads within its areas of jurisdiction was due to the numerous complaints lodged by concerned residents and motorists on the presence of numerous motor vehicles, junk vehicles, among others, illegally parked along national roads.
Gallato disclosed that in coordination with the La Trinidad municipal government headed by Mayor Romeo K. Salda and the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station led by Police Maj. Clef Vencio, the anti-road obstruction and road clearing campaign was conducted along the Pico-Lamtang Road where numerous illegally parked and junk vehicles were discovered and their license plates were detached for the owners to pay the corresponding fine for their violations.
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The district engineer claimed the aforesaid operation will be replicated in the different national roads within the jurisdiction of the agency in the coming days and that the initial salvo of the campaign is to send a clear message to people that the government means business in the enforcement of existing laws, rules and regulations governing the prohibition of parking along national roads.
According to him, the anti-road obstruction and road clearing operations will also be coordinated by the agency with other local governments within its jurisdiction so that the same will be effectively and efficiently implemented to clear major roads from obstructions, especially illegally parked and junk vehicles that impede the smooth flow of traffic along national roads.
Earlier, Gallato wrote Mayor Salda for possible assistance in the implementation of the road clearing operation along the Pico-Lamtang Road, one of the national roads within the town’s jurisdiction, to clear the roadline from the proliferation of illegally parked motor vehicles and unserviceable vehicles that pose danger to motorists.
Gallato expressed his gratitude to Mayor Salda for his swift action on his request by sending a number of personnel of the local government and elements of the LTMPS that assisted in the implementation of the road clearing operations over the past several days.
He asserted that parking of serviceable and unserviceable motor vehicles along national roads is prohibited, thus, law enforcers will not hesitate to issue the corresponding notices of violation to the vehicle owners for them to pay the prescribed fine with the local government or the concerned government agencies.
Gallato stated that DPWH-FBED employees, in coordination with the concerned local governments and police stations will be inspecting the different national roads under the agency’s jurisdiction and subsequently enforce existing laws, rules and regulations to reduce the presence of obstruction along the different roadlines in the district.
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