Alleged move to stop DPWH on bridge project irks Lilia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 13:24

District 2 Congresswoman Lilia M. Nuño is exasperated by a report reaching her office that City Hall has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to stop the construction of  a new bridge in the east coast allegedly because it wants to spend city funds to proceed with the project.

In a press briefing last Saturday,  Rep. Nuño said she suspects politics as behind the City Hall’s reported move to stop DPWH from implementting the bridge project in Barangay Lamisahan, which the solon had worked starting in 2013.

“Why spend city funds on the bridge project when in fact there is already national funds allocated for it and the construction is ready to commence?”asked Nuño, adding that politics could be the motive behind the move.

Nuño showed reporters various documents showing how she lobbied and worked for the national government to allocate funds to replace the dilapidated bailey bridge in Lamisahan with sturdy concrete span.

The documents including letters the congresswoman wrote to DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the bridge construction and the replies she got from the two top officials.

Nuño is also in possession of resolutions from Lamisahan barangay and the City Council endorsing the bridge project. Congressman Celso Lobregat also wrote Singson endorsing Nuño’s initiative on the bridge. The result was that the budget department allocated P45 million for the project and recently DPWH moved to implement it.

City Hall’s alleged move to stop DPWH and for it to proceed in implementing the project with a P60 million allocation irked the congresswoman because, she said, this allocation can be put to better use like the transfer of the city jail and the repair of several city deteriorated roads suffering from ruts.

“Instead of spending the P60 million for the Lamisahan bridge which has already P45 million allocation from the national government, it can be used for other priorities like the transfer of the city jail  which is at present very congested,” said Nuño, adding that there is already a proposed site in Sta. Catalina for the transfer.

Nuño said City Hall’s move on the bridge project can be compared with the Quiniput-Licomo highway concreting project during the term of then Mayor Vitaliano Agan, who wanted to implement it using city funds. Then businessman and now Congressman Celso Lobregat spearheaded a move and succeeded in stopping the Agan administration from spending city funds, paving the way for DPWH to start concreting the highway.

“Besides, the bridge, like the Quiniput-Licomo highway stretch, belongs to the national government and its repair or construction of new one should be carried out by the DPWH as provided for by rules,” Nuño said.

Then District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian succesfully lobbied for the allocation of national funds to repair the same bridge that was then made of wood and already dilapidated, posing risk to vehicles and pedestrians.