Singson checks on Z3R anew, bypass road site PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2014 11:44

Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson once again visited the city yesterday to inspect various infrastructure projects that the DPWH is currently implementing in this part of the country, foremost of which is the P3.9-billion Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) projects.

As in his previous visits to the city as head of the Zamboanga Rehabilitation Team, Singson together with Mayor Beng Climaco inspected the Z3R project sites mainly in Mariki, Rio Hondo and Sta. Catalina where construction is underway for the road networks, waterways and permanent housing units for families displaced by the Zamboanga siege last year.

“We are rushing up and making sure there will be no more problems, especially on the road right-of-ways, and we are addressing them,” Singson said when interviewed at the fishpond area in Rio Hondo.

He admitted that there delays in some projects due to the right-of-way issue and raising the level of the roads to avoid being flooded. “But we make sure the roads are completed by the first quarter of next year,” he said.

In his last visit to this city for similar purpose on August 15, Singson said he was instructed by the President to fast track the Z3R projects. Hence, he urged all the implementing agencies—the DPWH regional office, which undertakes the road and drainage projects, the National Housing Authority (NHA), which is in charge of the housing projects, the DSWD, the local government unit and all other agencies concerned to collaborate with each other to ensure the timely implementation of the projects.

From the Z3R sites, Singson and the mayor proceed to Culianan to see for himself the opening of the Zamboanga bypass road, a 34-km highway that will link the city’s east coast from Barangay Culianan to Barangay Patalon in the west coast.

He said funds have already been released for the project that includes eight bridges. “But we will do only the opening of the bypass road first, the concreting will be done later,” he explained, adding that the problem on road right-of-way is also slowing down the project.

“That is why we are asking the local government to help us negotiate with the landowners; otherwise we will exercise the government’s right to public domain through expropriation,” Singson averred. — Vic Larato