(Flyover projects)DPWH agrees to City Hall stand on road widening PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 November 2018 14:20

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 9 has agreed in principle to further hold in abeyance the implementation of the flyover projects, pending the complete widening of the affected road.

The agreement was reached during a meeting yesterday afternoon among city government and DPWH-9 officials, including representatives of the construction firm, Frey-Fil Corporation.

Engr. Leoncio Solamillio, chief of DPWH-9 Construction Division, however, asked the City Government to make its stand official through writing so that the agency can use the same in justifying the delay of the flyover projects to the central office.

(As of this writing, the City Legal Office was preparing the letter as requested by the DPWH.)

Solamillo explained that they insisted to proceed with the flyover projects for fear the budget for the purpose might be reverted back to the national government.

During the meeting, Assistant City Administrator Cesar Raz and other city officials, to include some members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, declared their full support to the flyover projects, considering the positive impact these will give to easing the flow of traffic once completed.

However, they appealed to the DPWH to hold the flyover projects in abeyance until after the affected road is completely widened to prevent chaotic traffic problems during the implementation of the mega projects.

Offhand, Raz said traffic congestion is already a problem, particularly on MCLL Highway, Veterans Avenue and Gov. Camins Avenue without obstruction yet, how much more when the flyover projects are implemented.

It was learned during the discussion that 21 lot owners are affected in the road widening, particularly along the highway from Coca-Cola Company to the junction of Veterans Avenue.

Of the 21 lot owners, only 3 have been paid, 5 for documentation process and 9 under negotiation with one considered as hardcore opposition.

At the Gov. Camins portion (from Sta. Cruz market up to KFC), 19 lots are affected, of which 6 have already been paid, 5 for documentation process and 7 under negotiation.

City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon Jr. said the stand of the City Government is for DPWH to acquire first and foremost all the affected lots before the road widening project is implemented and eventually the flyovers.

He said a piecemeal implementation of the road will not help address the traffic congestion as it cannot be used yet unless completely finished.-(Vic Larato)