WITH the expected influx of travellers to the provinces and cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reactivated its Lakbay-Alalay Program to provide assistance to the public as they travel.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has ordered all DPWH implementing offices to set up assistance centers with teams composed of an anchorman from the regional and district/city offices and mechanics ready with equipment and service vehicles on stand-by at strategic locations to provide prompt and reliable assistance to motorists and pedestrians.
“We are hoping that through our Lakbay-Alalay teams, we can help everyone get the chance to visit memorial cemeteries, columbaria including churches and commemorate memories of their dearly departed safe and free from any inconvenience,” he said.
DPWH assistance centers will be stationed at major thoroughfares along national roads and bridges on a round-the-clock shift starting 7 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, to 12 noon of Monday, November 4, 2018.
To ensure smooth flow of traffic, DPWH maintenance teams shall ensure that national highways, especially those leading to both public and private cemeteries, are safe and cleared from potholes, obstructions, including illegally-parked vehicles and vendors, and equipped with proper lighting and warning signage.
The motorist assistance teams shall also coordinate with Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, local government units and other concerned agencies for any required assistance.
DPWH project engineers are also directed to coordinate with contractors and other concerned offices for the scheduling of on-going road projects and installation of necessary traffic advisory.