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DPWH-Bicol says it's all systems go for ASEAN meeting in Albay

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office here is all set to ensure road safety and cleanliness for the Association of South East Asia Nation (ASEAN) meeting as Albay province is one of the venues of the series of conferences, a top official of the agency said.

Danilo Versola, DPWH regional director, in an interview Tuesday said maintenance engineers both from the regional and district engineering offices were dispatched to check on the informative, directional and warning signs installed on the conspicuous places of the highway.

"We make sure that the travelling ASEAN delegates are provided with clean and safe roads from the start to the end of their stay in Bicol", he said.

Versola also ordered the prepositioning of tiptop construction equipment and maintenance crews on road sections that are prone to erosions, slide and flooding.

"Ongoing projects along busy road stretch have sufficient warning signs, with traffic lights, flagmen, and maintain good housekeeping --- as well as the thermoplastic pavement markings, he added.

Those that are faded are replaced and pavement markings are retouched.

Versola also said he directed his field engineers to give extra attention to the road from Legazpi City Airport covering some 37-kilometer stretch to Misibis Bay Resort in Bacacay, Albay, the venue of the meeting and to the prospect tourist spot destinations of the delegates -- Lignon Hill in Legazpi City; Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay; Legazpi Boulevard and Sumlang Lake in Camalig.

Bicol region has amazing tourist destinations and packaging these with reliable infrastructure facilities will definitely encourage domestic and foreign visitors in the region.

A boost in tourism industry connotes economic progress, and DPWH will do its best to provide ASEAN guests with convenient road travel, Versola said.

"We give them good impression and they will surely be carriers of good news for Bicol, he said.

Garnet Bercasio, a resident of Bacacay, Albay said, "We are very excited for the upcoming meeting, with the clean and safe roads, we are expecting it to be very productive and promote the beauty of Albay."

This road safety and cleanliness program of the DPWH will not just benefit the ASEAN delegates but also the entire Albay province including the motorists, vendors, and especially the tourists, Bercasio added.

Bercasio's husband is working in Legazpi City and needs to travel an hour daily back to Bacacay.

Connie Destura / PNA