The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has transformed Mel Lopez Boulevard (formerly known as Radial Road 10) in the City of Manila into a green road.

The previously barren city pathway, which connects Port Area in Manila and Navotas City, has taken on the shade of green courtesy of the numerous plant boxes that’s been installed on its center island.

According to the government organization, the project is part of its greening initiative, which aims to preserve road integrity in the National Capital Region (NCR) through the application of environment-friendly improvements.

“The construction of concrete plant boxes is part of the “Clean and Green” Advocacy Program of DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado aimed to uphold and maintain the integrity of roads through greening and improvement, spearheaded by DPWH North Manila District Engineering Office (DEO),” DPWH National Capital Region Director Nomer Abel Canlas explained.

So far, 172 plant boxes have been installed along Mel Lopez Boulevard with 32 more now underway.

According to DPWH, the project not only helps the environment but also provides employment to unemployed Filipinos. The department said the fabrication of plant boxes for the project is being undertaken “by the workers employed through the Assistance to Youth and Unemployed for Development and Advancement (AYUDA) Program launched by DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado.”

Apart from greening activities, the organization’s Clean and Green program “also involves rehabilitation of damaged road pavements, removal of undesired vegetation, and repainting of curbs and gutters for improved visibility and safety of motorists.”

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