Public Works acts on road diggings

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Friday, August 5, 2011

THE Department of Public Works and Highways has reiterated strict compliance on the policy on diggings or excavations by private and public utilities on national roads.

In Department Order 26-2011, DPWH said all applications for the issuance of excavation permit on national roads shall be processed only upon submission/compliance by the utility agency or its agent or contractor of the sketch plan/map showing the exact location of the project, including the name of the road section, type of underground or aerial facility/structure to be installed; DPWH-approved programs of works (POWs) with detailed estimates for the cost of excavations and cost of restoration; Bar/Gantt Chart or PERTCPM chart; typical section and specifications, type and total area of pavement to be excavated, type and extent of work to be undertaken, and name and address of contractor; accomplished terms and conditions; posting of the performance bond; and payment of a non-refundable amount to cover the engineering and administrative overhead of issuing office.

The new guidelines was issued after DPWH noted that “the conduct of utility agencies, companies or corporations, whether public or private, in undertaking excavations and/or intermittent restoration works on national roads have caused their deplorable and dangerous condition.”


“More often than not, the restoration/reconstruction takes place several months later, making the motoring and commuting public suffer inconveniences,” it added, as it underscored the need to ensure that future undertakings on road excavations and its restoration and/or reconstruction works are done properly.

Road sections affected by an excavation shall be temporarily paved or patched with bituminous concrete surface course until it can be fully restored to its original condition.

“Final restoration woks by the contractor shall commence immediately once the utilities installed are made operational under the close supervision of DPWH's authorized representatives.”

All requests for excavation permits, regardless of amount, will be processed by the concerned DPWH district engineering office to be approved by the DPWH regional director.

“A corresponding warranty bond equivalent to 10 percent of the actual restoration cost shall be held in trust for one year from the date of issuance of a certificate of completion and can only be released upon the issuance of a certificate of acceptance by the issuing office.” (Cheryl G. Cruz)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 05, 2011.


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