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PIA Press Release
2006/10/03

Identify safe places for billboards, PGMA orders DPWH, NDCC

Manila (3 October) -- After her issuance of a directive to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to bring down all billboards alongside the Epifanio Delos Santos avenue (EDSA), the Chief Executive has now asked the public works and highways department and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to identify safe places to put up billboards so as to prevent further harm on motorists plying metro manila everyday especially during a bad weather condition.

President Arroyo's order was echoed by Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye in the regular media briefing in Malacaņang, who reiterated that the President wants hazardous billboards off the streets, and the government has started dismantling those found in gross violation of public safety.

Bunye, who is also the Presidential Spokesman, remarked that the problem on billboards demand a sense of responsibility among billboard owners and advertisers for mapping out safety measures to protect the public; and the government will ensure that these will be complied with.

In a related development, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is now pushing for the passage of the anti-billboard bill in Congress in view of the recent damages it caused to human life and property when the National Capital region was slammed by typhoon Milenyo. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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