Clearing operations along road Right of Ways (RROW) are now going on throughout Region 1 in compliance with a recent Memorandum of the National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
OIC Regional Director Daniel Domingo of DPWH Region 1 said the move is intended to remove and dismantle all commercial stalls and shanties along RROWs in all areas in the region.
Domingo clarified these obstructions are prohibited as they confuse and block the view of motorists on existing traffic signs, signals or devices and road signages.
The memorandum circular specifically prohibits the display and installation of commercial advertising signs including billboards, stalls, shanties, and other obstructions within the RROW of national and secondary roads.
Esperanza Tinaza, DPWH Regional Public Relations Officer II, said the move is also in consonance with the DPWH Department Order Number 52 series of 2003, which ordered the removal of obstructions and prohibits uses within the limits of RROW.
OIC Director Domingo directed the Regional Maintenance Division and district engineers to comply with the memorandum and to immediately coordinate with the local chief executives.
Tinaza said that highway district engineers already conducted spot visitations in every municipality and city to make sure that the memo circular is complied with.