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DPWH to demolish billboards within road-right-of-way

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (10 October) -- Billboards erected within the "road-right-of-way" throughout the Davao Region will be demolished.

This was the announcement made by Dimas Soguilon, regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH XI) during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao.

He said the instruction to demolish all structures within "RROW was issued by secretary Hermogenes Abdane

He said that for the Davao-Agusan Road, the RROW is 60 meters and that in determining the way, it must be measured from the center 30 meters for both sides. The secondary road is 20 meters and ten meters from the center of both sides.

He said only international road signs are allowed within the road-right of way and these are information signs like danger warning signs or regulatory signs.

"Marami talagang structures na natirik dyan and these are illegal because no permit was given to individual or entity," he said.

He also said that public utilities which are allowed to put up structures within the RROW are the Davao Light and Power Company, National Transmission Corporation, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Corporation, and other communication networks however all their agreement have specification that the development will not pose obstruction.

Soguilon also clarified that structures like billboards built within private property must have a building permit and structures not covered by permits will be demolished.

He said there is no need for another law to regulate the putting up of billboards and what they only have to do is implement the existing law.

Director Soguilon said Davao has not been affected by the issue on billboards unlike in Manila that was hit by typhoon Milenyo where almost all billboards were ripped off, however he stressed that it is just right to regulate it.

Soguilon however said that their monitoring does not only cover billboards but also shanties, sari-sari stores and other structures.

He said assessment and monitoring is ongoing and concerned individuals will be given notices.

He said they are monitoring more than thousand illegal structures in Davao City and the neighboring areas. (PIA XI) [top]

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