The Palawan Provincial Board called on contractors to strictly comply with safety standards, especially in the installation of road signs to avoid accidents.
Board Member Clarito Demaala IV in a resolution addressed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said road construction projects all over the province should have safety signs to guide the public about excavations, alternate routes, closures, and other relevant conditions to prevent accidents from occurring.
Demaala cited the Philippine Road Sign Manual 2012 that states that road signs have five basic requirements to meet the standard and effectivity of the project — “a need; command attention; convey a clear message; command respect, and give adequate time for proper response.”
He added that road construction authorities are responsible to ensure the safety of public and motorists.
For Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta contractors are mandated to put road signs whenever implementing projects whether they are minor.
Acosta suggested identifying the particular areas where they have failed to comply.
“We keep on passing resolutions to address this problem. But, I just want to know if the DPWH is giving attention kasi ang dami na nating mga resolution, halos lahat tayo nagpasa na pero walang ginagawa. Siguro ilagay natin kung saan sila nagkukulang sa paglagay ng road signs,” Acosta said.
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