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DPWH reactivates Motorist Assistance Centers in Bicol for Peñafrancia Festival

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reactivated a total of 11 Motorist Assistance Centers (MACs) in Bicol Region in lieu of the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

The Public Works department said that the reactivation of the assistance center was part of their preparation for the influx of devotees for the said feast.

Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte said DPWH District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in mainland provinces: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon deployed MACs along “conspicuous spaces of national road to render 24/7 assistance to the Peñafrancia pilgrims” starting September 13 until 17.

“Each MAC is manned by uniformed DPWH engineers, mechanics, and equipment operators ready to assist motorists on normal and emergency situations,” the department said.

Moreover, the motorist assistance teams has been working with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Local Government Units (LGUs) to closely monitor Daang Maharlika.

DPWH Region V crews were earlier deployed “to undertake various maintenance activities and install appropriate informative, directional, and warning signs along roads leading to the pilgrim site.”

The fluvial parade of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia will push through tomorrow, Sept. 15, at the Naga River.