Citom told: seize heavy equipment

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Monday, May 12, 2014


THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday said the Cebu City Traffic Operation and Management (Citom) can apprehend illegally-parked vehicles and heavy equipment that obstruct traffic.

DPWH Cebu City Engineering District Engineer Fernando Cruz said this after receiving complaints that heavy equipment units of contractors are parked in the middle of the road, creating traffic jams.

Cruz said that in some occasions, heavy equipment is allowed to park in the middle of the road that is undergoing repair.

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But if the vehicles are parked there without any ongoing road work, then they are considered illegally parked and Citom can impound them and impose fines against the violators.

“If the contractor has a contract for road project but has exceeded the allotted time to work on the project, Citom can apprehend and impound his heavy equipment,” Cruz said.

On the issue that barangays were not consulted or informed prior to project implementation by DPWH, Cruz said the contractors have secured working, excavation and hauling permits from Local Government Units (barangay and city).

Besides, Cruz said, DPWH project engineers and contractors are instructed to coordinate with the barangay captain.

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He said road signs and early warning devices are installed especially when the projects are implemented at night.

Warning signs are being installed for road concreting projects where excavation is deeper than the scraped asphalt pavement.

Meanwhile, Cruz said DPWH will soon resume its operation against illegally parked vehicles in all major thoroughfares in Metro Cebu especially at night time.

He said DPWH will also clear the sidewalks of national roads which are used by vendors or businessmen for business or personal gain.

DPWH, Cruz said, they received information that pedestrians face risk of being run over by vehicles because they are forced to walk on the streets since the sidewalks are occupied by vendors.

Some of the sidewalks occupied by vendors and businessmen are located at V. Rama Ave. passing Barangays Guadalupe and Calamba; Katipunan St. passing Barangays Labangon and Tisa; and F. Llamas St. passing Barangays Tisa, Punta Princesa and Bambaling.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 13, 2014.

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