CARIGARA, Leyte – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Office conducted a two-day intensive seminar and workshop on the Right-of-Way Act (Republic Act 10752) and the DPWH Right-of-way Acquisition Manual (DRAM).
Held last August 29-30, 2019, Leyte Second District Engineer Gerald Pacanan and OIC-Planning & Design Chief, Rochel Hermano attended the seminar in Microtel by Wyndham in Pasay City.
“These right of way (ROW) issues are the major cause of delay for our projects, thus there is a need to settle obstructions before implementing our road infrastructure programs,” said Pacanan.
Undersecretary for Planning and Progress, Plans & Problems (PPP) Engineer Maria Catalina Cabral discussed on the importance of ROW Acquisition in the overall planning of infrastructure.
Major issues under the old and new ROW acquisition process and DRAM weighed up by Annabelle Herrera – President, ECOSYSCORP and REID Consultant.
Rosemarie Del Rosario, Chief of DPWH-Environmental and Social Safeguards Division talks on the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environment Compliance Certificates (ECC).
Context and purpose of the seminar were detailed by Atty. Rodil Millado, director of DPWH Legal Service.
“With the insights of the speakers, we will now be able to plan our projects better to avoid problem and issues that may arise during project implementation,” added Pacanan.
The office is continuously coordinating with the utility providers and the residents affected by the right of way concerns in Leyte’s second district.
Republic Act 10752 is an act facilitating the acquisition of Right-of-Way site or location for national government infrastructure projects.