DPWH: Roads for motor vehicles, not drying crops



MANILA, Philippines—National highways are meant to be used by motorists, not by farmers and traders of agricultural products as dryers for their palay or corn crops, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Wednesday.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson issued this reminder on Wednesday “to avoid road accidents.”

In a statement, Singson noted that the DPWH had widened a number of major arterial roads nationwide to “facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and not to be used as solar dryers for palay and corn.”

Department of Public Works and Highways secretary Rogelio Singson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The widened highways include MacArthur Highway, also called the Manila North Road; the Cagayan Valley Road, which traverses the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, and Cagayan; and the Manila South Road, or Daang Maharlika, to Bicol.

Singson observed that “farmers taking advantage of the good weather are cordoning off sections of national highways while drying their palay and corn stocks.”

“To add trouble, the same farmers and rice and corn traders put large stones, if not boulders, and other barriers on the highways to protect their palay and corn from being overrun by passing vehicles,” he said, noting that such practices “pose danger to motorists.”

“Many tricycles and motorcycles are using the center lanes of these widened national roads,” Singson added. “The practice hampers the smooth flow of vehicular traffic, as well as poses danger to motorists, particularly at night. If they want to use the national roads, then they should use the outer lanes to prevent accidents from happening.”

Singson urged local government units to “help put order on the national roads, especially in market areas or town centers, which are being used as terminals or parking areas of these tricycles and motorcycles.”

“Both LGUs and the Philippine National Police should strictly enforce the No Parking regulations covering national roads,” he said.

The DPWH has intensified its campaign to remove road obstructions and return pedestrians’ right-of-way.

The program is one of the agency’s priorities this year, said Singson, citing a government study that showed more than half of road accident victims were pedestrians and not motorists.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    si gma me pakana niyan para estorbohin ang mga pilipino…

  • Ronilo Yap

    Sana kahit ilang metro kuwadrado gwan sila nang dryer in every national highway na madadaanan nang construction, para di na magpapatuyo sa daan. Ilang sakong semento lang yan,

    • tarikan

      That’s a stupid suggestion but I’m not saying you are stupid. Kasi kung gagawa ka ng ilang metro kuadradong concrete slab dryer eh mag-aaway yang magsasaka dahil gusto nila sa tapat nila gawin. Anong ibig mong sabihin ng “dryer in every national highway”? Every kilometer merung dryer? For example Manila North Road, ilang milyones yan? Sino ang gagastos? Dapat kanya-kanyang gawa and away from the roads, national or whatever. Safety hazard ang mga yan.

    • $44479964

      dapat project ito ng NFA. kulang talaga ang dryer pag anihan.

    • farmerpo

      Meron naman. Project ng DA. Lahat ng baranggay merong bilaran at mechanical dryer. Di lang sapat. Di parin dapat gawing bilaran ang highway, puede naman ang mga niladlad na net at sako sa lupa. Matrabaho lang.

  • mangtom

    The practice of drying rice or corn along the highways is like sidewalk vending. Walang disciplina tayo at ang law enforcement people ay “don’t care” attitude kaya f-ckep up ang pamumuhay natin. Kasama na rin ang undisciplined jaywalkers. It’s almost anarchy.

  • tarikan

    Most of the national highways are already widened but most benefited by it are the unscrupulous people/businessmen. They use the extra lane constructed as their business shop, junk yard, tire & auto shop, furniture shop/show room, construction & hardware display area, parking lot, etc., etc. I asked a policeman friend of mine about this, he said they are tired of warning these people at nagsusumbong daw sa taong labas. Wala, nahin…dot na talaga ang Pilipinas. Walang disiplina.

    • 4goodgovt

      A simple order from Chief PNP will make this nightmare disappear. The problem, however, is implementation of the order. Some cops down the line will see an opportunity to make money.

  • dorarat

    your pronouncement sir is like an iced water in the middle of the desert. keep it up and order your district engineers to “grader” these palays so we can use our highways. sayang na lang road users tax namin kung palay lang ang makikinabang.

  • kapatad

    dito po sa laguna district 3 and 4, ngayon pa lang marami na ang nagbibilad ng palay, sa highway. kaya ang mga sasakyan hirap sa pag usad.. May mga hollowblock pa at mga kahoy na many pako, o kaya karetela. Walang namang pwh para magbawal sa kanila kasi nasa mga opisina na de aircon. Di naman po pinagbabawalan ng mga barangay officials, at LGU;s kasi election eh.

  • mangtom

    Question: noon araw na wala pang hiway, saan ibinibilad ng mga farmers ang kanilang producto?

  • Lupin

    its about time na aksyonan na yan ng HPG

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    kurakot yang mga yan kagagawa palang ng karsada 8 buwan na naman bakbakin na naman hukay pag katapos bilang ka ng walong buwan babakbak na naman kakaloko mga ito!

    • hustlergalore

      wala ka sa amin dito. bagong gawa ang kalye, sementado, ang lawak! mas maganda pa sa north luzon expressway at mas malawak pa sa edsa. pagdating nung december, inaspaltohan ng 5 inches sa kapal. LOL

  • farmerpo

    The honorable secretary must have been born only yesterday . Wow, what a revelation.
    He hasn’t seen yet the karamatsugs plying the Maharlika highway, hauling palay right on the center line…of course, traffic is not the province of DPWH. Now, he can at least ask the DILG to clear what DPWH constructs for motorists.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    As if these thing just happened and this lousy yellow secretary was just born yesterday.
    Hahahahahahahahaha! Purely non-sense.

  • hustlergalore

    unang linya pa lang natawa na ako sa balitang ito. maraming gamit ang kalye dito. not only for drying crops. meron diyang basketball court, public market extension, parking lot ng mga mayayamang estudiyante ng mga mayayamang unibersidad. divisoria extension. barangay halls, pwesto ng lamayan. pwesto ng bingohan. etc etc etc

  • Komen To

    McArthur hi way is a national hi way, but you will find obstructions along the way- parked cars, tricycle in the fast lanes, and steel barriers or dividing fence even towards hospitals. How can you have dividing fences along McArthur, if not allowed by the mayor and concurred by the police

  • dodong1

    National highways are meant to be used by motorists, not by farmers and traders of agricultural products as dryers for their palay or corn crops, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Wednesday.


  • Hey_Dudes

    O yan backdoor roads from Lingayen Pangasinan to Camiling Tarlac most of the highways are filled with palay and when you cannot avoid running over these, the farmers hurls stone at your car? Sila pa ang galit like they own the roads?

  • $14334231

    maliit pa ako, ganito na ‘to….kami, binibilad namin sa mga lumang banig ang aming palay sa harap ng bahay, pero pag labas mo sa kalsada, hirap na ang mga sasakyan dahil kaliwa’t kanan ang palay na naka bilad…mabuti naman at kahit na ngayon lang ito napansin, at least maalis na ang isang problema sa mga kalsada…..

  • Mr Moonlight

    Its about time but who will enforce it, not the barangay because they are sympathetic to their own townfolks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    sir, tell that to our Muslim brothers in the south . . .

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos