LEGAZPI CITY (29-March-2012/PNA) – The regional office here of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for Bicol is establishing dozens of motorist assistance centers along strategic points to provide emergency services to travelers expected to swarm roads and highways in the region during the Lenten holiday.
The undertaking is part of the “Lakbay Alalay” project being carried out as a yearly commitment of the DPWH in cooperation with the Philippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and local government to ensure safety and extend emergency assistance to motorists rushing to provinces from the metropolis during the week-long holiday break.
Danilo Dequito, the DPWH regional director, said at least 30 points along the Maharlika Highway and other national roads across Bicol have been identified as stations for the motorist assistance teams.
These are organized by the agency in the region in coordination with its 14 district engineering offices in six provinces.
One of these stations would be along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Tabugon, Camarines Norte, the entry point of motorists towards the region.
Down in the next province of Camarines Sur, Dequito said six assistance centers will be established.
Albay province will be covered by three motorist assistance teams to be stationed.
Four stations will be designated in Catanduanes while two motorist assistance centers will be set-up in Sorsogon.
Dequito said the entire province of Masbate composed of three islands will be manned by 14 motorist assistance teams stationed in 14 points.
At the DPWH regional office in Barangay Rawis here, he said a skeletal workforce from the maintenance department will be on standby during the long holiday to receive reports from the assistance centers and render emergency services that may be required.
The DPWH regional chief said all district engineering offices in the region have been initiating road maintenance works since early this month to ensure the worthiness of the highways and national roads for the safety and convenience of the motorists and the riding public.
“We are also seeing to it that all informational and directional signs along the roads are in place and easily visible to drivers,” he said.
The Lakbay Alalay project serves as the emergency assistance provider that stand-by along roads in the spirit of public service, he added. (PNA)