CARIGARA, Leyte – Ensuring the safety of motorists and travelers, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) central office scheduled a roadworks safety assessment of ongoing projects implemented by the Leyte Second District Engineering Office (L2DEO) pursuant to Department Order No. 125, series of 2019.

The Roadworks Safety Assessment Team (RSAT) conducted the project inspection on May 24, 2023. Ronnel Quinto and Christian Jesus Livara both engineers, are permanently assigned to the Bureau of Quality and Safety (BRS).

The list of projects inspected were: (1) rehabilitation/construction/upgrading/rehabilitation of drainage along national roads-tertiary roads, Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-La Paz rd. K0942+050-K0942+069, K0942+110-K0942+462, K0942+491-K0943+300; (2) network development program widening tertiary roads – Tanauan-Dagami road. K0934+919 – K0935+464; and (3) network development program widening tertiary roads – Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta. Cruz-Barugo-Carigara road K0936+287 – K0937+016.

According to District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, based on the initial report of the RSAT, the district office is compliant with the department’s roadwork safety guidelines.
DE Oppura commended the joint effort of the Construction Section for urging the contractor to comply with the proper and standardized traffic signs and the Planning and Design Section for the detailed estimates for the roadwork safety and traffic management included in the program of works.

Prior to the project inspection, various documents are needed to determine if the ongoing project is compliant, such as approved worksite traffic management plans, the contractor’s traffic operational program, site instruction files, contract documents, a program of works and detailed estimates (for roadwork safety and traffic management), a project inspection report, latest statement of work accomplished, and materials test results (for road signs, temporary markings, and other road safety and traffic control devices).

Meanwhile, minor findings were identified by the RSAT during the exit conference, and ordered immediate actions, especially on the road section with potential road hazards where safety devices are needed.