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PIA Press Release
2009/06/09

DPWH, Davao City council work together on street signs

Davao City (9 June) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), City Council and other concerned agencies of the local government together discussed thoroughly on how to properly display correct street names and signages to serve as guidance for Dabawenyos, commuters and tourists coming in the city.

In a committee hearing Thursday (June 4) held at the City Councilor's lounge spearheaded by City Councilor Bel Reta, chair of the Council's tourism committee, it was learned that a number of street names have been damaged through vandalism and due to gradual degradation these signages have become illegible and cannot effectively serve its purpose anymore.

A resolution filed by City Councilor Nilo Abellera has requested concerned government agencies (the City Engineer's Office in particular) to conduct an inspection of all existing street names and replace the damaged and incorrect signages for proper guidance of the public.

Moreover, some of the streets in the City of Davao have already been renamed while the street signages have not been updated and continue to display the streets' former names which cause confusion especially among tourists.

Engr. Danilo Versola, Assistant Regional Director of DPWH XI (who represented DPWH XI Director Osop Ali), explained the department's mandate in as far as street signages are concerned in the national roads, including those in the city streets that are within the national road network.

Together with DPWH ARD Versola were: District Engineer Lorna Ricardo; Engr. Maria Gloria Sorrera; DE Nida Donalvo of DPWH Sub-District Engineering office, Tugbok,; and Boy Dacumos Of DPWH XI during the committee hearing.

Changing of names of city streets are within the mandate of the City Council which passes due process of law, Councilor Reta said. Some signages of the streets that require updated names for instance are the Don Julian Rodriguez, Sr. (former Maa road) and A. Pichon Street (former Magallanes).

In as far as the China town is concerned along Magsaysay avenue, DE Ricardo suggested that an official letter should be sent to DPWH by the China Town Development Council for the installation of any signage since only the display of the China Town's arc has been approved in principle for its installation.

Other personalities and agencies present during the committee hearing include: City Councilor Peter Laviña, chairman of SP's Trade and Industry; the Traffic Management Center (TMC); City Tourism office; CEO; and other representatives of the different offices. (PIA XI with reports from rbpalacio) [top]

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