DAGUPAN CITY -The Department of Public Works and Highways -Regional Office I reiterated its call to the public to refrain from using roads- whether national, provincial or barangay roads - as drying areas for palay and other crops.
Engr. Josephine Oamar responded to the question on the road -right-of-way (RROW) and the department’s police power on why several roads are still being used as drying areas for crops, during the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting held in Dagupan City on Tuesday.
“The DPWH has not stopped informing the public about the prohibition and we are also asking the help of the media to intensify the information campaign about the prohibition,” Oamar said.
Oamar said there are several instances when DPWH teams confiscate the crops being dried in roads but whenever they attempt to load these in dumptrucks, people throw stones at them or even run after them with bolos, Oamar lamented.
Palays and other crops laid out in roads for drying are considered temporary obstructions and are therefore unlawful. A solar dryer in the barangay is the best place to dry the crops, she said.
Department Order No. 73, series of 2014 which is also known as “Prohibited Uses within the Road- Right-of-Way of National Roads” aims to recover the road right of way for the safety of the public.
The department believes that less accidents will occur if these obstructions and other illegal encroachments are removed. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)