Celso pursues by-pass road, Baliwasan seaside projects PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2013 10:48

District 1 Representative Celso Lobregat is exerting all efforts to expedite the implementation of the 34 kilometer-bypass road and the proposed widening of the Baliwasan seaside road.

Lobregat last Friday met with barangay officials whose villages will be affected by the two projects and the various other infrastructure projects set for implementation. The meeting was representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and City Government to include the City Engineer, City Planning and Development Officer and City Assessor.  The pay

“We need to seek the support and cooperation of the barangament officials and the various government agencies concerned to help in the assessment of right of way and the payment of strucutres [that will be affected],” the District 1 solon stated.

He stressed that Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson has reassured him that funding for these projects are included in the General Appropriations Act and would be implemented in accordance with specifications.

For the Baliwasan seaside road widening project has an initial allocation of P102 million while P300 million has been allocated for the the bypass road project at P150 million each for District 1 and District II.

The widening of the Baliwasan seaside road will technically expand the road network with the main intention of ensuring free flow of traffic in the area. “As it is, the road is a two-lane stretch and is very narrow that causes heavy traffic during peak hours,” according to Lobregat.

When he was mayor, Lobregat also persistently followed up the proposed Baliwasan seaside road expansion project with the DPWH that led to its inclusion in the national budget.

The bypass road project on the other hand will start in the barangay of Culianan in the east coast up to barangay Patalon in the west coast, passing through various interior villages or barangays.

The bypass road project started early this year with persistent representations from former House Deputy Speaker and now Mayor Beng Climaco and her then District II counterpart Erbie Fabian.

Lobregat assured that he will keep tab of the two projects and all other infrastructure projects intended for the City specifically in District I to ensure that they are implemented properly and as scheduled.

Even as the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of members of the House of Congress is on hold pending a case in the Supreme Court, the infrastructure projects earlier identified will push through with funding to be taken from the national budget.

“When the House approved the budget [the General Appropriations Act], the funding for these projects are already included,” the District I congressman added. —Rey Carbonel