As the summer heat starts bearing down on us, that only means that the Holy Week must not be that far behind.

There will be no shortage of reminders to motorists to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape before heading out for the long Holy Week drive but just in case a vehicular breakdown occurs, it is good to know that the government has made the preparations to assist you in your time of need.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that it is reactivating its motorist assistance program called ‘Lakbay-Alalay’ from March 21-28, 2016. All regional directors and district engineers of the agency have been told to mobilize their team of including mechanics ready with equipment and service vehicles to be able to cope with stranded motorists during the Lenten break.

Teams will work full 24-hour shifts for the duration of Lakbay-Alalay and will be assigned in strategic location along the major routes going out of Metro Manila including national roads.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), local government units (LGUs) and other concerned agencies will also be on alert should their assistance be required during this time.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has also instructed field personnel to inspect all major routes to ensure that these will be free from major hazards like potholes and that all markings are reflectorized. Proper traffic, directional and warning signs must also be clear and visible including the ones for on-going road repairs and construction.

The DPWH will also start removing any and all obstructions on national roads and bridges in order to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible.