Construction of pumping station in Pilar Street underway Print
Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:43

By Dexter Yap

The House Committee on Public Works and Highways and Congressman Celso Lobregat are fast-tracking the necessary interventions in order to commence the establishment of a pumping station along the stretch of Pilar Street in the city proper.

This as the feasibility study for the said project is now ongoing thru the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the necessary appropriations of substantial funds for the projects is made available.

DPWH has allocated some P200 million for the said project in its 2018 GAA as facilitated by Lobregat, wherein the feasibility study kicked off last September 20,2017 and its ongoing at present for the period of six months. DPWH has funded the amount of 12 million pesos for the said study.

Upon completion of the feasibility study sometime in February, the consulting firm will determine as to what type of pumping station is relevant to be established along Pilar Street.

The solon has chosen the said location for the establishment of such vital infrastructure project because the area is the catch basin of rain waters and drainage submersion during rainy season, causing low-lying areas in the city proper to be underwater.

The congressman conducted a thorough study on this project which was also supported by the urban core barangay officials.

It can be recalled that Lobregat recently convened the planning and structural experts of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to confer about this matter and conduct the feasibility study on the favorable project.

Engr. Grecile Christopher Damo of DPWH Central Office together with DPWH Regional Office 9 Engineers Rogelio Atilano and William Escuadro presented to Lobregat the master plan on the establishment of the said pumping station in the identified location at the city proper, where the solon urged the urban planners of DPWH to move double time to complete the said masterplan.

Congressman Lobregat was also joined by the DPWH officials, City Planning Officer Rodrigo Sicat and representatives from the City Engineers Office during the conduct of an ocular inspection in the waterways and the possible site where this multi-million project will be established.

“As you can see, the entire Pilar street used to be flooded during rainy season like the most recent one, and due to this, all of the business establishments in the area suffer from flooding, the worst, it’s now knee level, it also spreads to adjacent city streets causing traffic jam and sanitation problems that’s why we need to address this,” Lobregat said.

The solon said that it takes efforts and a lot of follow-up in the national government agencies to acquire these projects for the common good, and it didn’t happen overnight, he said.  – Dexter Yap