DPWH urges LGUs: Act on dark, dangerous roads

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DPWH urges LGUs: Act on dark, dangerous roads

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A slew of roads across the province are still extremely dark at night, posing hazards to motorists due to the absence of lampposts.

This has remained to be the case even as a number of complaints have been raised on the extreme dimness of several roads in the district, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st District Engineering Office.

District Engineer Francis Flores cited the inaction of local government units (LGU) in addressing the issue as cause.

He said that municipalities are supposed to send formal proposals to the department requesting the installation of street lights.

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Flores noted that their office is prepared to take action on requests of LGUs to have lampposts installed in their towns.

According to the district official, the DPWH will handle the installation of street lights while the engineering office is allowed to request for funds which will be used for the purchase of materials.

The LGUs’ part solely includes the submission of the proposal letter, Flores said.

However, municipal governments are responsible for the maintenance of the lampposts and the payment for electricity consumption.

The DPWH’s initiative has been promoted to prevent road accidents, particularly at night due to the lack of visibility in dark streets across the province. (Allen Doydora)

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