Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DPWH-Bicol prepares help desks for Lenten holiday motorists
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, April 5 (PNA)-–The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bicol is setting up motorist assistance centers to provide emergency services to travelers expected to flock to the region during the Lenten holidays.

DPWH Regional Director Danilo Versola said the undertaking is part of the “Lakbay Alalay” (help for travelers) project being carried out as a yearly commitment of DPWH in cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and local government units to ensure the safety of motorists rushing to the provinces from the metropolis during the week-long holiday break.

He said 31 points along the Maharlika Highway and other national roads across Bicol have been identified as stations for the motorist assistance teams.

“These have been organized by the agency in the region while all district engineers had intensified their road maintenance activities in their respective areas of jurisdiction,” he added.

Versola said in Camarines Norte, the stations would be along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Tabugon, Camarines Norte, which will serve as the entry point for motorists to the Bicol region.

He said there will be six assistance centers in Camarines Sur, three in Albay, seven in Catanduanes and two in Sorsogon.

Versola said in Masbate province, which is composed of three islands, there will be assistance teams stationed in 12 points in the province.

"Each member of the team must be oriented on their specific assignments for the delivery of the best service to the public," he said in a interview at the DPWH regional office in Barangay Rawis in this city.

The DPWH regional chief said where road construction, improvements and maintenance activities are ongoing or where traffic congestion on a particular route may be encountered the project or maintenance engineers must install the appropriate traffic advisory.

“For proper identification, I also directed the field personnel to wear the prescribed DPWH orange T-shirt uniform,” he said.

Every year, the Lakbay Alalay project is organized by DPWH to serve as an “emergency assistance provider that stand-by along roads in the spirit of public service,” he added. (PNA)