PALO, Leyte- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance from the central office in Manila, represented by Engr. Diana Maria P. Balani, conducted a walk the line inspection and validation of the district’s road conditions and other maintenance activities.
Rectification of road defects was done in some areas of the first district of Leyte such as Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road, Daang Maharlika Road, Government Center Road, Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta.Cruz-Barugo Carigara Road, Leyte Samar Interprovincial Roads, Tacloban-Baybay South Road, Pawing-Campetic Road and Tigbao-Pulak Sta. Fe Road.
Engr. Balani pointed out some tips in order for the district to obtain a perfect rating as far as road maintenance is concerned.
She elaborated the importance of well-maintained roadways as it crucially contributes to economic development and growth and brings important social benefits. Unwanted road accidents will also be prevented.
Engr. Balani also explained that if insufficient maintenance is carried out, roads can need replacing or major repairs after just a few years which may result in another soaring costs and a major financial impact on the department.
Lesser potholes were observed in this semester compared to the previous one. However, it is advised to aim for a zero pothole roads. Repainting of guardrails is also necessary to make it more visible to the riding public as it is designed to keep people or vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limits areas.
Engr. Balani also addressed the districts commendable road widening projects and its clean and visible road safety signage. Roads open up more areas and stimulate economic and social development which makes them the most important of all public assets, thus, maintaining it is strongly necessary. (DESSA T. MALIBAN, PIO-Alternate/PR)