DPWH-7 told: Install reflective road markings
Mary Ruth R. Malinao (The Freeman) - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Visayas is asked to install reflective road markings in Cebu City upland barangays.

The Cebu City Council made the request in a bid to “improve visibility and safety” of commuters and motorists.

Councilor Eugenio Gabuya Jr., who penned the council resolution, said drivers passing through mountain barangays tend to panic when they cannot see the lines of the road, or signs about upcoming hazards especially at night or during rainy season.

The reflective markers are used as travel lane dividers to mark the central reservation or to mark exit slip-roads. These are typically more visible at night and in severe or harsh weather than standard road marking lines since these incorporate a raised retro-reflective element.

Gabuya said roads are slick during the rainy season, which means vehicles will have less traction when driving also called as hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is caused by a combination of standing water on the road, car speed, and under-inflated or worn-out tires.

Vehicle tires tend to hydroplane because of wet road surfaces, which could result in loss of control and steering ability, as tires may lose contact with the pavement.

Cebu City has 22 mountain barangays. These are barangays Adlaon, Agsungot, San Jose, Binaliw, Cambinocot, Busay, Lusaran, Pit-os, Taptap, Malubog, Buot, Pung-ol Sibugay, Tagbao, Toong, Sinsin, Sapangaku, Pamutan, Pulangbato, Budlaan, Sudlon II, and Tabunan.

Section 16 of the Local Government Code of 1991 empowers every local government unit to exercise powers within its territorial jurisdiction that shall promote health and safety, and preserve the comfort and convenience of its inhabitants.  KQD (FREEMAN)

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