Road hazard

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Thursday, October 4, 2012

MY HOME is along the highway. I am sure it is already milling season in Negros Occidental. I see big cargo trucks loaded with sugarcane. It's good. Milling season means economic boost. There is work for the sugarcane workers, truck drivers, and mill employees.

We are assured of sugar supply. Our traders and planters' association will be sending our sugar abroad. That means money. At the end of the season, big hacenderos will buy again brand new cars, repair their houses or travel around the world. That's life in Sugarland. We hope that they also remember the sugarcane workers who lived to work for them. Money will be in good circulation and we all understand the multiplier effect. Good!

Last time (two weeks ago), I was traveling from San Carlos City to Silay. We traversed portion of the highway known as “abortion roads.” The driver said that the roads are like this because big cargo trucks are overloaded. The concrete roads cannot survive the overweight. We hope that our DPWH, Bantay-Dalan and the LGUs will check on this. "Our industry destroys our roads. Our industry builds our roads. Our congressmen decide which should come first."


Road signs sometimes read differently. Near the hospital, there is this sign: "Road under rehabilition." This was reported to me by Mrs. Elizabeth Rivera Oximer of E.B. Magalona. It's better if engineers could also review their spelling. 'Slow down!' At the back of the signage, it is dead end. Here we have wrong comprehension. 'This way, please'. The arrow points out to the sugarcane field. This is too much!

I have been to other places also. In congested areas, workers repair the road at night. At day time, traffic flow is normal. In front of Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School, the four-lane road was excavated simultaneously. Students and teachers have a hell of a trisikad-tricycle ride. Pregnant teachers prefer to walk than be aborted. The hi-lift operator hit the branch of a tree that fell near the van of Kapuso-GMA. That was news!

In Talisay-Silay area, we notice that concrete or asphalted roads are hammered for a new construction. But, the roads are good! That's how we spend our taxes. Only God and DPWH and our congressmen know. Early warning devices and signage are poorer than poor. Not properly installed. Reflectorized stickers are like salonpas pads. If the drivers' night vision is not 20-20, there are the canals, the holes or piles of sand gravel waiting for them.

Many have been victims...ambulances, Ceres buses, cargo trucks, and even the fire truck of Silay whizzing to help in a fire scene made a scandalous landing in the road construction site endangering the life of a Fire Marshall and his firefighting crew. Until now, the Silay fire truck is in Intensive Care Unit.

I was also a victim of the ogre road. I placed my grocery bag on top of the tricycle. A portion of the road under repair was uneven. That was a new crater just abandoned by the workers. The tricycle swerved and all the grocery bags (including mine) found their way in the middle of the road to be flattened by the giant tires of Ceres bus following us. At that instance, we got instant 'halo-halo' in the middle of the road...milk, sugar, soap, fruit cocktails, 3-in-1 coffee, salt and dried fish.

Only in the Philippines! If DPWH is doing this, who can prevent them? If this agency can afford to destroy good roads, who are we to tell the people behind that...? James Bond, Captain America, Iron Man, Expendables...Help!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 04, 2012.


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