The Department of Public Works and Highways in Caraga (DPWH-13) has warned contractors for state infrastructure projects to strictly comply in putting early warning devices (EWD) on construction areas in the region.
Pol M. Delos Santos, DPWH regional director in Caraga, said contractors who fail to implement the agency’s directives regarding road work safety and traffic management face punitive sanction– suspension or termination of contract.
“This is part of the contract they signed before commencing the ground works, especially on road constructions,” Delos Santos said.
“The safety plan, policy and guidelines they (contractors) signed in the contract must be followed or else punitive action must be given to them,” he added.
Delos Santos issued the stern warning amid reports of a surge in the number of road accidents in the Caraga this year, which were partly blamed on lack or shortage of road safety signs.
Delos Santos, who recently led inspections of different road and bridge projects in the region, said he had ordered all project engineers in the different engineering districts to strictly imposed Road Works Safety and Traffic Management and Construction Safety and Health requirements and punish non-compliant contractors.
Sufficient regulatory directional warning signs, blinkers, barriers, and other road safety devices to warn the public about the accident-prone areas and road rehabilitation areas are crucial to reduce road deaths and avert vehicular accidents, he reiterated.
“Safety of our commuting public is our priority concern and these sinages and EWDs are very vital, especially during night time to avoid accident,” Delos Santos said. By CLC