right of way issues with utility providers
DPWH 2nd LED
March 11, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Representatives from various utility providers, Local Government
Units (LGUs), and contractors attended the coordination meeting
initiated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Leyte 2 district engineering office to tackle issues and concerns on
Road Right of Way (RROW).
PLDT Co., Leyte Electric
Cooperative III (Leyeco III), Don Orestes Romualdez Electric
Cooperative (DORELCO), Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD),
Metro Carigara Water District (MCWD) and Jaro Water District were
among the utility companies present during the dialogue on March 6,
Encroachment of water
pipelines, electric posts and communication lines was the major
concern brought up by the district.
In his opening message,
assistant district engineer Daniel Estigoy said that the meeting is
meant to establish unified actions on RROW by merging ideas from the
department and stakeholders, as this has been a continuous problem
that hampers project implementation.
DPWH Regional Legal
Officer, Neil N. Reoma and key officials of the district explained
the department order (DO) 73 series of 2014 or the “Prohibited Uses
Within the Right-of-Way of National Roads” and DO 26 of 2011 or the
“Policy on Diggings/Excavations by Public or Private Utilities on
The district also reminded
them that the total 20-meter right-of-way or 10 meters from the
centerline of the carriageway is government owned, therefore,
immediate removal of all obstructions and strict prohibition of
constructing structures such us electric and communication lines and
others provided in DO 73.
However, district engineer
Gerald Pacanan, suggested to install their transmission and
distribution lines, if possible, outside the 15-meter from the
centerline in projection to the plan of the government to add more
lanes on both sides.
“It is also costly on your
part to remove and reinstall your lines in case of road developments
and rehabilitations, so in anticipation, why not follow this
scheme,” Pacanan said.
More, Pacanan emphasized
that this meeting is essential in formulating potential undertakings
to expedite ongoing and future projects of the government under the
Build Build Build program as it gears towards the Golden Age of
As agreed, the district
will set-up a committee who will closely coordinate with the utility
service companies and provide necessary documents to fast track
processes concerning RROW.
appealed to the LGUs to help the district on concerns regarding
obstructions of residential and commercial structures.