Celso chides Beng: DPWH knows best PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2016 11:50

By DEXTER YAP

 

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat has strong confidence on the expertise of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in implementing infrastructure projects in Zamboanga City.

The DPWH District Engineering Office-9 is being blamed by Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar for allegedirrresponsible diggings in city roads that have caused traffic snarls and inconvenience to motorists and business establishments in designated project areas.

Climaco also lamented during an interview with the local media that she has observed during her ocular investigation that the road along Campaner was dug up even if it was not dilapidated when what should have been done to improve it was just to asphalt overlay it that will not cause harm or difficulty to the people.

Lobregat said, on the other hand, said that as technical experts in the field of infrastructure projects and road construction, DPWH has done its part following the proper procedures as a mandate of their office in implementing government projects in the city, region and the country as a whole.

“DPWH are technical experts they know their job. They are certain what to do and what to recommend on certain existing roads if it should be repaired or re-blocked, we cannot question their expertise on their field,” Lobregat said.

The solon said the recommendation on the road repair in Campaner was requested by the Barangay Council of Zone 3 from his office, wherein no less than the barangay officials led by Chairman Jerry Sanson identified it as one of their priority projects which was also acted by him as their representative and a resident of the said barangay.

Iyo personalmente ta consulta y pregunta con el capitan si cosa el diila priority project na barangay, ya identifica sila con el Campaner road parte del diila prioridad para compone, iyo ya actua lang cosa sila ta man request comigo,” Lobregat said.

Similarly, the solon said that under the law in implementing congressional projects as prescribed in the Local Infrastructure Program of the national government, the DPWH has the mandate to implement identified projects of a congressman in his district, and the said office is also tasked to do all the necessary groundworks, bidding process, coordination with the LGU as well as the implementation of such in the identified locations where such infrastructure is supposed to be constructed.

“I believe in the capacity of DPWH, they are in compliant with the necessary procedures to be followed in each project they implement as it is their prescribed task, we do not doubt their credibility,” Lobregat stressed.

To recall, Mayor Climaco blamed DPWH for the wanton road excavations that are left open or abandoned by contractors, thereby causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians, which she said 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 Climaco, who was visibly irritated by her findings in her ocular inspection of road diggings that these were congressional initiatives (of the first district), and yet the city government is being blamed.

Lobregat reacted to the statements of the mayor that DPWH and his congressional office are not coordinating on these projects with the LGU, saying that the mayor should know better because these projects she is questioning are reflected in her own annual report and all these things are properly coordinated.

Lobregat showed to reporters during a press briefing the Annual Accomplishment Report of the city government for the years 2014 and 2015 wherein the projects for the congressional district are listed and properly identified as well as signed by the mayor. – Dexter Yap