THE three district offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas got a perfect score of 100 percent in the maintenance assessment in the first semester of 2018.

These are DPWH-district offices of the cities of Bacolod, Kabankalan, and Iloilo.

Bacolod City District Engineer Abraham Villareal said on March 19 that the maintenance assessment was conducted by the Bureau of Maintenance of the DPWH central office.

Of 16 district offices in Western Visayas, only Bacolod, Kabankalan and Iloilo got the perfect score.

"This is one point higher than the last semester in 2017 which was 99 percent. This means we have improved by one point and this is the first time that we have obtained a perfect score," Villareal said.

To get a 100 percent rating, it means that they have maintained the national roads like potholes, riding smoothness including vegetation control along the road shoulders, trimming of trees and other concerns about maintaining the national road, he noted.

"We are proud to tell you that only few district offices in the Philippines have obtained a perfect score. We will do our best to maintain very good performance ratings," Villareal said.

He said the assessment is being conducted every two semesters a year.

In Western Visayas, DPWH-Bacolod is also number one in the implementation.

At present, the DPWH-Bacolod is conducting a road rehabilitation and road repair projects, as well as drainage improvement in Lacson Street going to Barangay Mandalagan Bridge.

"The construction is expected to be finished in October this year. The contractor will try to finish the project before the onset of the rainy season or about five months from now," Villareal said.

He said the road will be passable before the MassKara Festival and once it will be completed, Bacolod will experience lesser flooding problems in the area.

He added they are also undertaking a rehabilitation of the dilapidated pavements from Bacolod-San Carlos road to improve riding comfort along national roads.