Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Rogelio Singson has activated his agency's composite teams as part of its "Oplan Undas" contingency plans for the season. From October 29 to November 5, the DPWH will assist motorists by designating an anchorman and team leader who will man strategic locations of the national highway and provide a report on road travel conditions every six hours to the regional and district engineering offices.
The agency will also deploy its "Lakbay Alalay" teams due to the expected heavy influx of travelers and road users on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. The DPWH will also coordinate with the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and concerned local government units "to ensure collaborative undertaking of various government agencies."
In preparation for the deluge of people and vehicles expected to take to the roads for the long holiday, the DPWH will vigorously work on pavement maintenance, re-graveling, bridge maintenance, shoulder maintenance, drainage maintenance, vegetation control, and traffic service maintenance--specifically the installation of informative/regulatory warning signs and traffic advisories.
"We have to ensure that national highways, more importantly those leading to both public and private cemeteries, are thoroughly maintained and in good shape for safer and comfortable travel," said Singson.
Singson is encouraging the public to report any observations and comments on the condition of national roads and bridges through the agency's 24/7 Call Center Hotline 165-02 and DPWH Text 2920.
The DPWH chief is also advising motorists to plan their travel ahead and allot time for checking tires as well as the overall vehicle condition to ensure the car is roadworthy.