Malacanang: 50% potholes repaired due to Twitter campaign

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The social media campaign was launched on August 10 after Metro Manila and nearby provinces were hit by heavy flooding spawned by monsoon rains. The floods damaged several roads. The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to engage the public, via social networking site Twitter, in a campaign to report the damages sustained by national roads during the flooding. ?As of August 30, 2012, the #Lubak2normal social media campaign of the PCDSPO and the DPWH has received a total of 3,459 tweets,? Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. ?Since then, there have been a total of 241 reports on specific national road locations within Metro Manila that were in need of repair,? Valte said. Of these 241 national roads, Valte said 125 or 51.87 percent have already been fixed by the DPWH as of Thursday last week. ?Though the campaign covered only national roads in Metro Manila damaged as a result of the monsoon rains in early August, infrastructure under the jurisdiction of local governments within the National Capital Region were also affected,? she said. ?#Lubak2normal received reports on city and municipal roads in need of fixing. As of the latest report from DPWH, 50 percent of these roads have already been repaired,? she said. Valte also noted that #Lubak2normal received reports on damaged roads under the jurisdiction of provincial governments, of which 37 percent has already been addressed, according to the DPWH. ?The #Lubak2normal campaign has resulted in a convergence between citizen?s engagement through reports and the assessment of road repair initiatives by the government,? she said. ?More than just a campaign, it has evolved into a partnership among agencies. More importantly, it has demonstrated a shared commitment between the government and the public to ensure better roads and to strengthen the mechanisms of public accountability,? Valte added. ]]>

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