DPWH vows support to LGUs’ lighting project

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A top official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon has vowed to support the lighting program of local government units (LGus) along the MacArthur Highway.

DPWH Central Luzon Director Antonio Molano Jr said his office has pledged full cooperation with LGUs and agencies concerned over the public clamor for a well-lighted national highway.

Molano said his office has been receiving complaints from motorists and local residents about the hazards of the road from Barangay San Agustin to Barangay Telebastagan in this city.


Molano, however, stressed that the provision of streetlights and traffic signal lights is under the jurisdiction of the city and the provincial government.

"It is true that the unlit sections of the MNR and any highway for that matter endanger the lives of our people, especially those who travel at night," he said.

The DPWH official also assured that his office will work closely with local governments and other offices to address the issue.

“We will coordinate with LGUs and install massive lighting systems along MacArthur Highway to prevent road-related accidents,” he said.

Meanwhile, with the onset of the rainy season, the DPWH has prioritized the planning and completion of flood mitigation projects in some areas of Pampanga.

Pampanga 1st District Engineering Office (DEO) Maintenance Unit Chief Engr. Almer Miranda disclosed the progress of the on-going projects and planned construction in the municipalities of Mexico, Sta. Ana, Apalit and City of San Fernando.

The P50-million canalization project along the San Fernando-Mexico area of the Jose Abad Santos Avenue is presently in full blast and running to 80 percent completion rate.

Miranda said this is the result of the DPWH Pampanga 1st DEO’s acquisition of Road Right of Way (RROW) after their settlement with the land owners and residents in the affected area.

He also mentioned the DEO’s plan of bidding for the canalization in Sta Ana area as requested by Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez.

Miranda added that another canalization and clean-up project along Lazatin Boulevard in the City of San Fernando is close to completion.

The rehabilitation efforts of other narrow sections in Lazatin Boulevard affected by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption were completed in 2013.

“District Engineer Enrico Guilas, Assistant DE William Bustos and I are also studying the proposed widening of these narrow areas to augment the existing canal system in Lazatin Boulevard,” said the maintenance section chief.

However, the clean-up of the canals was postponed to give way to the trimming of trees along the Manila North Road (MNR)which is also a part of the disaster preparedness program of the DPWH, Miranda said.

Aside from the mentioned flood control projects, biddings for projects such as the P24-million Arayat-Magalang road and slope protection construction, P13-million canalization and shoulder sealing on two sections of Mt. Arayat and the box culvert set up in Bacolor costing P4-million have been set in the coming days.

“Upon the completion of these construction projects, we’ll soon see the great improvements here in Pampanga in terms of road networks and flood control projects,” Miranda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 06, 2014.

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