Monday, July 10, 2017


TABACO CITY (July 10) - Encroachments into the national road right-of-way is the primary cause of delay in the road and bridge construction and widening projects in the Asian Highway 26 (Maharlika Highway) from the towns of Sto. Domingo to Tiwi, Albay. Houses and other structures as well as trees and electric posts built within the 20-meter road right-of-way have caused problems for contractors undertaking such projects. This is the statement released by the Albay First District Engineering Office.

Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) mandates that the cost of removing/transfer of  electric posts affected by road widening projects should be borne by DPWH, however the cost of post relocation was not included in the program of works of widening projects. 

District Engr. Simon Arias in an exclusive interview of DZGBNewsOnline said that negotiations for the relocation of power poles and water supply lines is on going. In regard to the shanties/houses constructed within the national road right-of-way which stretches to 10 meters on both sides of the road  centerlinea coordination with the local governments concerned has been made to facilitate the relocation of the “squatters” in observance of the existing laws provided for the resolution of the same.

Meanwhile, the construction an widening of eight (8) bridges is on going as of this writing namely: San Fernando Bridge 1 and 2 in Sto. Domingo; San Isidro Bridge 1,2 &3 in Malilipot; Malinao Bridge in Balsa, Malinao; and Nagas Bridge 1&2  in Tiwi, Albay. On the other hand, Construction/Widening of  San Lorenzo Bridge 1 and 2, San Ramon Bridge in Tabaco City and Imperial Bridge in the municipality of Tiwi is about to start noting the mobilization of  equipments and materials and completion of detour roads in the project sites.

DPWH 1st Engineering District Office assured the completion of the projects lined-up and funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2016 hoping that problems on encroachments in the national road right-of-way be settled at the soonest possible time. (Mar de la Cruz)