City eyes reversion of P64-M infra funds to 2014 priority projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:48

The City Engineer’s Office is set to recommend the reversion of more than P64 million funds allocated to projects that failed to be implemented due to some problems “so the funds can be used to other important projects this year.”

City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo said he will meet with Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and the city government’s finance committee to discuss the reversion of funds and recommend it to the City Council for approval.

Despalo said the funds that are to be reverted had been allocated for road openings, construction of farm-to-market roads and foot bridges.

“The projects were not implemented due to site problems like donation of lots for road projects which had been lined up since 2010 and 2011,” Despalo said, citing the allocated funds could be reprogrammed to projects lined up for this year.

He said the funds to be reverted could be used on the opening of new roads within the city limits which is among the priorities of Salazar for this year.

Among the new roads to be opened this year are as follows: from Vitaliano Agan Avenue to Veterans Avenue; Veterans Avenue to Climaco Road in Barangay Talon-Talon; and, from Vitaliano Agan Avenue to Governor Ramos Avenue.

On top of the list among the three roads to be opened this year is the Veterans Avenue to Climaco road since it will also interconnect the barangays of Tetuan and Sta. Catalina.

The proposed road will be a four-lane road with a total width of 20 meters, according to Despalo.

The opening of the three roads will greatly help decongest traffic from and to the city proper, Despalo said. — RGAAG