Thursday, May 10, 2018

DPWH sets up motorists’ assistance stations

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—Motorists’ assistance stations in Ilocos Norte are now in place along the national highway starting March 28, 2018 to ensure smooth travel and provide reliable assistance to travelers going to the provinces.

District Engineer Mathias Malenab of the DPWH Ilocos Norte’s second engineering district said in an interview that they have deployed a team to man these stations round the clock or until the holiday rush is over.

Dubbed as, “Lakbay Alalay”, the DPWH has revived this program to assists vehicle owners while on the road.

The motorist assistance station team is composed of an automotive mechanic who could troubleshoot in case of any vehicle breakdown; emergency responders in collaboration with the search and rescue team of the Philippine National Police and the village officials for ambulances in case of any vehicular accident within the area.

Mr. Malenab said they also organized a team to help monitor the strict implementation of installing proper traffic signages and warning signs with clear and sight distance of all on-going construction projects here.

The DPWH Central Office has also instructed district engineers to provide legible informational and directional signs on visible locations along national roads.

Pavement markings must have reflectors to guide night driving motorist with kilometer post bearing legible details and information.

A few weeks before the start of the Holy Week season, personnel of the local DPWH jointly with members of the Philippine National Police removed obstructions along the road-right-of-way on national roads and bridges that may impede or delay the flow of traffic.

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