bans billboards along nat'l roads
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon start removing
billboards, advertisements and streamers installed within and along
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.