DPWH, advertisers join hands in dismantling billboards.
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (24 October) -- Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. has lauded the Davao advertisers’ cooperation in dismantling dangerous and illegally constructed billboards specifically those visible and along national highways.
Unlike in Metro Manila, Secretary Ebdane said “I am happy that in the Davao region, advertisers themselves cooperated and volunteered to demolish their giant billboards.” In Metro Manila, kinakasuhan pa kami doon, eh (cases are being filed against us), he said with laughter.
Secretary Ebdane, together with USEC Rafael Yabut, DPWH XI Director Dimas Soguilon; ARD Rey Tamayo; ARD Pundidato Mitmut, Al Haj; Davao District Engineer (DE) Isagani Javier; Davao Asst. DE Lorna Ricardo; Davao del Sur DE Danny Versola; Del Norte DE Fernando Ongkingco. The Regional DEs and DPWH ranking officials inspected and dismantled critical billboards along national roads to keep the public out of danger.
In an ambush interview with local newsmen, Secretary Ebdane said “the DPWH was ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo authorizing the DPWH to pull down billboards that pose hazard to life and property.
The President’s directive, Secretary Ebdane explained, came a day after 30 billboards throughout Metro Manila were blown down by typhoon “Milenyo” killing a motorist and injuring several others due to the wreckage of fallen billboards.
Because of the onset of the Yuletide season, Ebdane said we intend to finish dismantling works within a span of two months. My specific instruction is to at least bring down all illegal billboards before the christmas season, he added.
Since the time when the President issued Administrative Order No. 160 in October 4, 2006, the DPWH XI has reported the removal of 160 of the 1,344 billboards and other illegal structures within the road right-of-way (ROW) along national roads all over the region with the numbers still increasing.
In Davao City alone, around 63 of the 175 billboards identified to be within the ROW were already pulled down.
Following President’s order, Secretary Ebdane alerted all regional and district offices to immediately coordinate with the local government and building officials to begin the assessment and dismantling of the sign and signage structures that are hazardous and pose imminent danger to life, health, safety and property of the general public. (PIA-XI) [top]