Firm donates road signs to Davao City

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Friday, February 21, 2014


AS part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Union Galvasteel Corp. donated a total of 241 pieces of road signs to the City Government of Davao, specifying maximum allowable speeds in the metropolis.

Engineer Erwin L. Tongco, senior marketing manager for Mindanao operations, said 109 out of 241 units were already put up on certain roads in the city.

The turnover of the 109 units was held last Tuesday, he said.

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"We are still working on the remaining units. Hopefully, it will be completed before Kadayawan (in August)," he said.

Tongco said the company allocated some P700,000 to P800,000 budget for the project. Each road sign costs P2,800, he said.

He said the signage was based on the design of the City Engineer's Office, which also identified the strategic points on where to put up the signages.

Tongco said the company and the City Government of Davao will sign a memorandum of agreement on the road signs upon the completion of the units.

"We have been the city's partner for traffic signs since 2005," Tongco said.

The Union Galvasteel also donated the waiting shed being put up at the corner of La Verna Hills Subdivision, Tongco said.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the implementation of the speed limit in the city, following the national law Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines enacted in June 1964, whose only amendment was through Presidential Decree No. 843, which only tackled vehicle registration fees.

He signed the Executive Order 39 on October 29, 2013. The EO 39 mandates drivers of all vehicles plying in the city must observe a maximum speed of 30 kph from J.P Laurel Ave. Alcantara to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from Buhangin Crossing-Milan to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, from C.P Garcia Highway-Bacaca Road to Bolton/Generoso Bridge, and from C.P Garcia Highway-Angliongto St. to Bolton/Generoso Bridge.

The EO mandates a 60 kilometer per hour (kph) speed limit from Sirawan to Ulas Crossing, from Lasang to Panacan, from Calinan to Ulas Crossing, and from C.P Gracia Highway-McArthur Highway to Panacan.

Meanwhile, for vehicles that traverse from Ulas to Generoso Bridge/Bolton Bridge, from Panacan Crossing to J.P Laurel Avenue-Alcantara, and from Ma-a Road Diversion to McArthur Highway, a maximum speed of 40 kph is mandated.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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