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DPWH, MMDA conduct clearing ops in Road 10, Tondo


By Raymund F. Antonio

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted a clearing operation from Bonifacio Drive to R-10 in Tondo, Manila.

A portion of the Radial Road 10 (R10). (Argyll Geducos / MANILA BULLETIN)

A portion of the Radial Road 10 (R10). (Argyll Geducos | MANILA BULLETIN)

They cleared the sidewalks and two lanes of the north bound direction of R-10 and Bonifacio Drive from temporary and permanent structures such as shanties, illegally-parked vehicles, stalls, and canopies, among others on Wednesday, March 2.

“You can no longer move around the periphery of Metro Manila. They have to respect the road,” DPWH regional director for Metro Manila Melvin Navarro said during the clearing operation.

The DPWH has teamed up with the Manila city government, MMDA, and Philippine National Police (PNP) in the conduct of the clearing operation about three kilometers from Bonifacio Drive to R-10.

The DPWH mobilized its six trucks with 60 personnel while the MMDA dispatched 12 tow trucks for the clearing operation. They were assisted by policemen from the Manila Police District.

In removing obstructions from national roads, Navarrro emphasized that DPWH needs the help of other agencies.

“We would have to do this together. This is a national road,” he noted.

Navarro said the southbound of R-10 and Bonifacio Drive, including Roxas Boulevard would be next in the government’s clearing operations.

Under the provisions of Section 23 of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 178 also known as the Revised Philippine Highway Act, all DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices are mandated to implement removal of obstructions in any manner or unlawful and private use within any portion of road right-of-way.

Road right right-of-way violations have been observed along the road segment as it is being constantly occupied by illegally-parked vehicles, stockpiles of palochina, and temporary structures of vendors.

Ed Santos, assistant chief of DPWH’s Maintenance Division in NCR, indicated that they will carry out clearing operations more often in a week to sustain their drive against road obstructions.

“We will make this a frequent operation although we don’t have the police power, we should have the courage in doing it,” he told reporters.

On road management, he stressed it should be a joint effort of police, MMDA and DPWH.

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  • pablo sanchez

    this should be done a long time ago. i dont know why the previous admins have no balls to challenge those shanties to mbe remove from the road.

  • machonaginoo

    napabayaan na ang lahat….kalsada naging vendor at parking space..or sometimes paradahan ng jeppney…may mga batas naman mula pa ng unang panahon…may mga no parking signs, may pedestrain right of way, may sidewalk law..ano na nangyari? mga Mayor di nyo ba nakikita ito? kailangan sa mga bulok na mayor bigyan ng eye surgery…at heart transplant kung may heart pa sila para sa bayan….JUST ENFORCE THE LAW PLEASE!! Illegal is illegal…tama na sa mga many years of neglects..kaya sumisikip ang daan natin…