DPWH advises to
keep 20-meter parameter on national roads
October 1, 2018
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second
District Engineering Office advises the public to keep the 20-meter
minimum width requirement on national roads.
Maintenance Section Chief
Francisco Robin, Jr. instructed that there must be proper
information dissemination to the public to block the construction of
residential, business, or other establishments within the 20-meter
parameter to give way for the road right-of-way program.
“Let us inform our
neighbors to preserve the 20-meter no building zone for the road
widening and major flood control projects. Let us altogether help in
the dissemination so when the time comes, investments would not go
into waste,” Robin said.
He added that obstructions
within the established “right-of-way” of existing national roads
that will be displaced by the projects will not be compensated by
The Republic Act 10752 or
“The Right-of-Way Act” states that “the government may acquire real
property needed as right-of-way site or location for any national
government for any national government infrastructure project
through donation, negotiated sale, expropriation, or any mode of
acquisition as provided by law.” However, this act only applies to
new construction or road opening projects wherein the road
right-of-way has not been previously acquired.
The road widening project
of DPWH aims to utilize the burgeoning number of vehicular
population in the country which results to traffic congestion. This
also intends to cultivate safety among motorists who go to and from
places within the region.