THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is in the limelight now. Not for anything else but its accomplishments and some projects that manifest that the department is working. This is not just because of the President’s “Build, Build, Build” mantra but because it is the mandate of the DPWH to build and work for the people.
Often, the DPWH is blamed for potholes, unpaved dirt roads, breached dikes, collapsing structures, among others. The department can’t help except to be blamed for such. The public sometimes is quick in seeing poor or bad things that happen but not in appreciating the good ones.
Recently, the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) Harbor Link Segment 10 and the groundbreaking of NLEX Connector were inaugurated. These are two elevated expressways that are vital and expected to ease traffic woes in Metro Manila by providing additional roads for motorists which may also be considered a special lane for trucks, delivery, cargo or industrial types coming in and going out of areas proximate to our piers, big warehouses and industrial sites.
The Harbor Link Segment 10 which traverses the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan is expected to help solve vehicular traffic congestion by providing a route for around 30,000 vehicles away from busy streets in Metro Manila.
A few days ago, I passed by the Cloverleaf in Caloocan and have been the enormous volume of vehicles entering the A. Bonifacio avenue and a lot of them are big trucks trying to squeeze their bodies in an avenue narrowed by the construction of the Metro Rail Transit. The great number of vehicles are on a full stop for several minutes before they inch their way a little before making a full stop again.
In Angeles City, the new Friendship Bridge along the Friendship Circumferential Road is set to be opened soon. The P130-million bridge was added with two additional lanes and was repaired of cracks and repainted.
The structure once opened, will remove the bottleneck when passing the roads it connects and shall ease the flow of traffic, thus alleviating congestion. It was observed that what was used to be a road less travelled is now a favorite alternate route of motorists avoiding traffic in the city’s downtown, in addition to locals living near the area.
A new approach of the bridge was likewise constructed and this adds convenience on the other hand for drivers taking the route. The DPWH deserves another appreciation for the construction of the said structure
I had a glance a photo of the DPWH Pampanga 1st District Engineering Office officials and employees in this paper with the title “DPWH District Day celebration”. Among with its District Engineer Almer Miranda and Assistant District Engineer Ruby Canlas was Engr. Alfie Lejarde, Chief of the district’s Quality Control Section. He is likewise the President of the Samahan ng mga Kawaning Nagkakaisa (Samakana), a group of employees of the DPWH.
Engr. Lejarde is a down-to-earth employee of the DPWH. His expertise in engineering works, humility and the will to serve the public will surely push his way to greater heights of success in his field.
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