Beng asks DPWH to coordinate congressional projects with LGU PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 13:49

By VIC LARATO

The wanton road excavations that are left open or abandoned by contractors, thereby causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians, are clear examples of the failure of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to inform and coordinate with the city government in the implementation of congressional projects.

Thus, declared Mayor Beng Climaco, who was visibly irritated by her findings in yesterday’s ocular inspection of road diggings that these were congressional initiatives (of the first district), and yet the city government is being blamed.

Climaco was referring to the road diggings purportedly for drainage system at Canelar Moret (fronting the UCCP Church), which is a national road, and Campaner St., a city road.

The chief executive said she received a call from a lawyer, complaining about the abandoned road digging at Canelar Moret, just as business owners at Campaner St. were also complaining of the inconvenience and accidents brought about by the road excavations.

“Again, we call on the DPWH/District Engineer’s Office to inform and the coordinate with the city engineer any and all congressional projects prior to actual implementation and planning,” Climaco said as she hinted to the City Council to formalize the call by way of a resolution.

It was also observed during the ocular investigation that the road at Campaner was dug up even if it was not dilapidated when what should have been done to improve it was just and asphalt overlay that will not cause harm or difficulty to the people.

She reasoned out that the local government unit has jurisdiction over all projects done or implemented in Zamboanga City, both on national or local roads, thus careful and proper coordination must be made.

She recalled that during her time as congressional representative of the first district she always informed and coordinated with the LGU with regard to implementation of all projects even in the planning stages.

“But this is not being done now,” Climaco lamented. “We will not tolerate this. We are going to have a dialogue with DPWH/District Engineer regarding this matter. We should put all our acts together,” she insisted.

Aside from the road diggings, the mayor together with City Engineer Luis Despalo and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario also inspected the collapsed rip rap project at Villa Sta. Maria, where a family had complained as well.

She recommended that the contractors must now adopt the river basin study to make the rip-rapping projects stronger and even thicker.

Climaco and her team earlier inspected the ongoing rehabilitation of the grandstand amounting to P187,065,353.12 under the Z3R Program. The rehab is expected to be completed in 276 calendar days.— Vic Larato