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DPWH activates Lakbay Alalay program for All Saints Day

Tacloban City (October 29) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 8 through Assistant Regional Director Romualdo Baltazar announced that for the safety of motorists during the observance of All Saints Day, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. ordered all the regional directors to activate DPWH’s “Lakbay Alalay Program”.

ARD Baltazar during the Panindugan TV program of the Philippine Information Agency on Friday said that Ebdane ordered the activation of the DPWH's “Lakbay Alalay Program” with the deployment of composite teams of DPWH personnel who will respond to road emergency situation.

ARD Baltazar who is the OIC Director of DPWH 8 while Director Jaime Pacanan is on official travel to the United States and Japan, said, that in his Memorandum, Secretary Ebdane directed the regional directors to instruct their respective district engineers to submit a list of assigned personnel to man the composite team including their contact numbers and location of “Lakbay Alalay” stations.

The DPWH Lakbay Alalay program, Director Baltazar said will take effect on 6:00 am of October 31, 2006 to 12:00 noon of November 3, 2006, in close coordination with the Land Transportation Office, the Philippine National Police and officials of the various local government agencies.

To make sure of the continuous flow of traffic, Secretary Ebdane also instructed all the regional directors to ensure that all road sections leading to all cemeteries, both public and private are well-maintained and free from obstructions, Baltazar said.

Director Baltazar added that it is the main concern of DPWH to keep the national roads safe to traveling public especially these days when people are trekking to the province to pay homage to their departed love ones and so Secretary Ebdane ordered the massive road repair works on typhoon damaged national roads.

Earlier, Secretary Ebdane has issued a directive to all regional directors of the affected regions to deploy their contingency plan and immediately repair all damaged roads and other infrastructure facilities, Director Baltazar said.

Region VIII is the second most damaged region with the total damage cost of P310 M. Director Baltazar assured that with the good coordination with the local government units and other government agencies all national roads in the Eastern Visayas Region are already passable. (PIA 8) [top]

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