Ever driven along a provincial road and been greeted by a long pile of palay being dried in the sun by local farmers? Well, it turns out the practice is actually illegal, and has been for quite some time.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently issued a statement reminding citizens about this existing law. The agency cited Department Orders it had issued in 2003 and 2013, as well as Presidential Decree No. 17, which dates back several decades.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to usurp any portion of a right-of-way, to convert any part of any public highway, bridge, wharf, or trail to his own private use or to obstruct the same in any manner,” the Decree reads.
The DPWH also points out that violation of this law is punishable by a fine of not more than P1,000 or prison time for up to six months.
You can read more about the specifics in the DPWH’s Facebook post below. What do you guys think? Is this a good thing that will clear up narrow provincial roads? Or is it simply too difficult a law to enforce? Sound off below.