Ombudsman to DPWH, LGUs: ‘Report on roads, bridges safety’
QUEZON City, Philippines — Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and local government units (LGUs) to report on the safety condition of roads and bridges nationwide.
Gutierrez gave the order after DPWH director Antonio Molano Jr. reported that recent typhoons “Chedeng” and “Dodong” had affected infrastructure in about six regions: the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley), 3 (Central Luzon), and 4-a (Camanava).
Molanoq, during Gutierrez’ “Magsumbong sa Ombudsman” program over government-run Radyo ng Bayan also noted that three secondary national roads are still not passable at this time: the road from Barangay (village) Palaraya to Barangay Mangumbali; the section of the Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana Road in Barangay San Agustin, Paligue; and in Barangay Pasig; all in Candaba, Pampanga.
“The repair and restoration of the roads and bridges affected by the two recent typhoons as well as the assessment of the damage wrought on infrastructure on the affected regions are on-going,” Molano said.
The DPWH maintains about 28,000 national roads and bridges nationwide. The remaining 200,000 roads are maintained by LGUs.
“I take this opportunity to direct the DPWH to report on the status of bridges throughout the Philippines at ang mga LGUs ay magreport din as status ng mga tulay kung meron silang minamantina [and the LGUs should also report on the status of bridges if they are maintaining any],” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez aside the government should conduct continuous monitoring of the safety of all roads and bridges nationwide to prevent accidents.
“These roads and bridges should be closely monitored if these are safe or passable to prevent any accident,” she said.
She also urged the public to help in the monitoring of government infrastructure projects and immediately report to the Office of the Ombudsman any perceived irregularity so her office may investigate the case.