Days away from the annually celebrated All Saint’s and Souls’ Day or commonly known by most as “Undas”, many are expected to travel through long distance roads just to pay their deceased loved ones a visit. That said, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), shall reactivate its “Lakbay Alalay” or the motorist assistance program this coming Thursday.
As per DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the said motorist assistance program is often reactivated during special occasions nationwide, mainly for the purpose of providing reliable assistance to motorists as they travel to visit their departed loved ones.
As ordered, DPWH implementing offices shall plant several Assistance centers throughout strategic locations. Each one shall be composed of an anchorman from the regional and district/city offices, and mechanics with carried equipment in order to render assistance to motorists when needed.
According to Villar, the following assistance centers shall be stationed at major thoroughfares along national roads and bridges. Shifting shall start on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, with an a round-the-clock shift by 7 a.m. up to 12 noon of Monday, Nov. 4, 2018.
Moreover, maintenance teams shall ensure that national highways, especially the ones trailing towards both any public or private cemeteries are cleared from potholes, obstructions such as illegally-parked vehicles and vendors. Also, they are to be responsible for reinforcing roads with proper lighting and warning signage, providing each motorist a hassle free and safe journey ahead.
DPWH project engineers are expected to coordinate with contactors and other concerned offices in terms of the scheduling of ongoing road projects and the installation of necessary traffic advisories. Along with that, motorist assistant teams will also have to coordinate with some concerned agencies for any required assistance, such as the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and local government units.
Source: Manila Bulletin