DPWH to reactivate "Lakbay-alalay" program for Holy Week exodus
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will again mobilize its Motorist Assistance Teams to help motorists and commuters during the Lenten Season.
With this, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar directed all Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide to reactivate the ‘Lakbay-Alalay’ Program that will be implemented from April 10 to 17.
In a statement, he noted that uniformed motorist assistance teams will provide personal and prompt assistance on normal and emergency situations in strategic locations along major thoroughfares on a round-the-clock shift.
The road assistance is in coordination with the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, Local Government Units and other government agencies for any help that may be required.
Before the Holy Week, the teams will be deployed all over the country to ensure that national roads are well-maintained and free from potholes, have reflectorized pavement markings, and have legible kilometer posts and directional signs.
Roads with ongoing construction works were also checked to make sure proper warning signs are installed especially those that lead to major public cemeteries.
Meanwhile, maintenance engineers were also instructed to install traffic advisory with alternate routes to bypass areas that have ongoing projects in Bicol Region.
According to DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo Versola, a total of 31 Motorist Assistance Centers will be installed along strategic areas of the national road in the Bicol Region, consisting of 12 in the mainland provinces or from Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon; and 19 in the Island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate.
For more information about ‘Lakbay Alalay” and latest travel advisories, motorists are advised to visit the DPWH website at www.dpwh.gov.ph/dpwh and follow DPWH social media pages in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dpwhph and Twitter at https://twitter.com/dpwhph. (PNA)
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