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NVizcaya DPWH forms task force on billboards ban

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (30 October) -- Following the order of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to ban dangerous billboards in the country, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here have formed a task force Thursday (October 25) to implement the order in the province.

In October 14, 2006, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Administrative Order No. 160, directing the DPWH to conduct field inspections, evaluations and assessments of all billboards and determine those that are hazardous and pose imminent danger to life, health, safety and property of the general public and to abate and dismantle the same.

"As of now, we have listed more than 100 billboards that falls on the administrative order prohibitions after our assessment. So we will be enforcing dismantling activities in the near future in coordination with concerned agencies and local government units," said Engr. Perfecto Urban DPWH south district chief of maintenance section.

Earlier, Arroyo issued the order in preparation for the expected 6 other typhoons that will hit the country based on the announcement of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The president also noted that there is a need to immediately respond to the effects of the calamity brought by typhoon 'Milenyo' which toppled billboards in Metro Manila, resulting in death and injuries, blocking of roads and cutting of posts and wires of electricity and other utilities.

The inspectorate team will be composed of the district Engineer, Building Officials of Local Government Units (LGUs), DPWH regional office representative, Philippine National Police (PNP), Representative from the Association of Billboard Owners and Advertisers and government mass media.

Urban said the billboards to be dismantled will be evaluated based on the following prohibitions such as whether the billboards pose imminent danger or threat to the life, safety, health and property of the public, billboards violative of applicable laws, rules and regulations, billboards constructed within the easement of road right-of-way and billboards constructed without the necessary permit.

Urban said within the south district of the province alone, they have noted more than a hundred billboards assessed to have violations.

"We hope that the persons and agencies concerned will understand us when we will implement the order and we hope for your support in bringing back the safeness of our communities,' Urban explained. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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