Road to Cabatangan far from completion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:35

The city government has been negotiating for decades now with private property owners for the concreting of the 1-kilometer rugged road from Governor Ramos Avenue to Cabatangan— and yet completion of this project remains to be unsure under the present city administration.

At least five more owners of private properties where this road passes are not keen on donating their parcel of lands to the city government without monetarial consideration. Thus, negotiations between the local government and the owners remain pending.

Cabatangan Barangay Chairman Ramon Dagon, in an interview over DXKZ 91.5 Wild FM’s El Isyu Ahora radio program Monday night, said the city government does not also want to pay the private owners as Mayor Celso Lobregat insisted that his administration does not put budget  for the purchase of lands for this road.

“Ya habla el mayor nohay sen para compra con el tierra. Tiene para sementada lang del camino,” said Dagon as what Lobregat told him. [The mayor said there is no money to buy lots but only for the concreting of the road.]

In the same radio interview, Dagon  said the rugged condition of the road to Cabatangan has always been the subject of complaints not only of almost 10,000 residents but also the different government offices established in his barangay.

The road to Cabatangan is believed to be the only main road within the 7-kilometer radius of Zamboanga City that has not been concreted todate.
The different government offices in Cabatangan already made their petitions in the past for the government to fasttrack the concreting of the said main road. Aside from the government offices, there are also contingents from the Philippine Marines and Philippine Army who are based in Cabatangan. --MONINA ALIAN and SARAH ALBISO