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December 13, 2000

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DPWH bans billboards along nat'l roads

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon start removing billboards, advertisements and streamers installed within and along national roads.

The DPWH move is pursuant to Department Order No. 217, s. 2000, issued by Secretary Gregorio R. Vigilar last month prohibiting the installation of advertisements, billboards or signs within the road right-of-way of national roads. By definition, the right-of-way of national highways is measured from the road centerline and extends 10 meters each side.

The Vigilar directive stated the department's observation that unauthorized road messages, materials or signs, especially billboards, advertisements and streamers, are installed or displayed within the road right-of-way limits of the national highways.

"These materials are not only unsightly," the DPWH chief said. "They also distract the attention of the motorist, as well as constitute serious hazards when the fastenings give way during strong winds."

Vigilar directed that, henceforth, the installation of these materials within the road right-of-way of national road shall be discontinued, with those already installed removed.

To prevent the installation of the unnecessary messages and materials, all regional directors, district engineers and others concerned have been directed to strictly enforce Sec. 6, Art. III of Administrative Code No. 14, s. 1958 and the General Provisions pursuant to Chapter 30 of the National Building Code which provides the rules and regulations that govern the design, content, construction, location, installation and maintenance of outdoor billboards, display signs, streamers, posters and the like.

The DPWH Secretary also added that, to minimize adverse public reaction to the measure, appropriate notices shall be given to the owners of said sign before actual removal is undertaken.








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