Samar News – The ongoing pole replacement and repair/rehabilitation of the primary distribution lines along National Roads by Samar I Electric Cooperative, Inc., has caught the attention of the Maintenance Point Persons assigned in road sections where the activity is undertaken.
Samar First District Engineering Office in Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City immediately calls the attention of SAMELCO I invoking Department Order No. 73, Series of 2014 which prohibits the construction of all kinds of temporary and permanent structures within the right-of-way (ROW) of all national roads which is 15 meters from the centerline.
The prohibition includes posts and towers of electric cooperatives and major electric power distributors, distribution lines, posts for cable of phones and mobile service providers.
Although SAMELCO I is mandated to undertake pole replacement and repair / rehabilitation of primary distribution lines along national roads, DPWH – Samar I poses no objection to the installation of electrical posts as long as it is beyond the Road-Right-of-Way limit, 15 meters from the centerline of the road along Daang Maharlika and 10 meters from the centerline along Calbayog – Catarman Road via Lope de Vega road.
District Engineer Virgilio Eduarte discloses that all road sections are scheduled for road widening this year hence, the observance by SAMELCO I of installing the posts beyond ROW to prevent the waste of fund and incurrence of damages on both parties.
Non-compliance to DPWH Dept. Order No. 73, series of 2014 will oblige your office to make a commitment that no payment will be made to that end once the widening projects commence.
By Ma. Nenita Gomez