Celso pours in P258M infra projects in District 1 brgys PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 August 2013 11:09

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat revealed over the weekend an initial appropriation of P258 million coming from his priority development assistance funds (PDAF), intended to implement infrastructure projects that would benefit seven west coast barangays, especially those hardly hit by the recent flash floods and landslides.

In a radio interview, Lobregat said, P80 million is allocated for the Labuan-Limpapa road project, P100 million for Ayala-Lapaz road project, P40 million for Labuan Spill way project, P28 million for construction of Maasin bridge, and P10 million for Tumaga slopes protection project.

“I have already instructed the District Engineer’s Office to prepare the plans as early as possible, because if this money cannot be used for those lined-up projects in a year’s time, it will be returned to the Bureau of Treasury, and we will again have to wait for another time, for its re-allocation,” Lobregat explained during RPN’s ‘Zamboanga, Tiempo Ya!’ radio program.

Lobregat, together with Mayor Beng Climaco, motored to District 1 barangays as well as some areas in the District 2 last week to extend aids to hundreds of families, whose houses and properties submerged in flood waters spawned by incessant rains that hit Zamboanga City starting August 1.

Meanwhile, Lobregat called for sobriety as some critics blame the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) on the destruction of rip-raps in some rivers.

Lobregat said, “instead of blaming the CEO, we have to verify first as to what caused the collapse of those rip-raps”.

“The thing is, if only a portion of a riverbank is rip-rapped, when flood waters come, and soil in a non-rip-rapped banks starts eroding, it will be inevitable that even the rip-rapped portion will follow on collapsing, as its foundation has been weakened by soil erosion,” the 1st district solon explained.

However, Lobregat said that “if  in the course of investigation, it was found out that such destruction was brought about by sub-standard materials used by contractors in constructing these collapsed rip-rap projects,  then proper sanctions should be meted-out against those responsible, including the City Engineer’s Office”.

District 1 Councilor Cesar Jimenez Jr. earlier reported that among the rip-raps that collapsed in the midst of flash floods were those in Poso, Barangay Manicahan, Mangga (Bolong), Barigon (Tugbungan), and in Ayala river.

Jimenez, who chairs the City Council’s calamity and disaster committee, said that more than a hundred linear meters of these rip-raps, costing around P2 million were destroyed.

The City Council is set to dialogue in its regular session this week with officials of City Engineer’s Office and those of City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR) over the destruction of said city government projects and why it happened. — Philip Abuy