ILOILO CITY, Philippines - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 6 has expressed readiness for the celebration of Dinagyang Festival 2013 now ongoing until Monday, January 28.
The DPWH said it has checked roads in Iloilo City as visitors will surely flock to it for the festival. The Dinagyang season is the peak of tourism in Iloilo City.
DPWH Region 6 Director Edilberto Tayao's report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that "roads are in good and serviceable condition for various performing tribes/groups for the Kasadyan Festival on January 26, 2013 and Dinagyang Ati-ati Tribe Competition on January 27, 2013."
Tayao also reported the early deployment of DPWH personnel to conduct road maintenance works. These include ensuring that road potholes are patched, obstructions are cleared, and drainage systems are fixed to avoid possible accidents.
Pedestrian lanes were also repainted to ensure public safety with city streets and plazas expected to be filled with tens of thousands of tourists and local revelers, Tayao said.
The DPWH District Office will also set up a Motorists Assistance Center and Tourists Assistance Center with DPWH field personnel on a round-the-clock basis to assist motorists and visitors especially on emergency situations.
The DPWH regional office has likewise installed directional signs to guide especially those who were visiting for the first time.
The DPWH has coordinated with the city and provincial government of Iloilo, Department of Tourism, and Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc., the private sector partners and the implementing arm of the Dinagyang Festival in its activities.