Drying palay on national roads can get you a fine, jail time: DPWH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2018 03:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 08 2018 04:07 PM

A farmer dries palay in the heat of the day along Tanay main highway in Rizal province, April 23, 2018. Maria Tan, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - The use of national roads for drying palay (unhusked rice) and other agricultural products is punishable by a fine and jail time, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Thursday. 

In an advisory released in time for the harvest season, the DPWH said that drying farm produce on national roads is "totally banned in order to safeguard the motorists from any untoward incident." 

Those violating the regulation risk a fine of P1,000 and imprisonment of up to 6 months, the agency said, citing Presidential Decree No. 17, which revised the Philippine Highway Act of 1953. 

"It shall be unlawful for any person to usurp any portion of a right-of-way, to convert any part of any public highways, bridge, wharf or trail to his own private use or to obstruct in the same in any manner," part of the decree reads.

With a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News