Celso brings millions of projects to District I PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:20

Though PDAF-less, Cong. Celso Lobregat has initiated the implementation of millions worth of infrastructure projects as well as various legislations and other initiatives for the benefit of the residents not only of District I but the entire city of Zamboanga.

Lobregat yesterday outlined his accomplishments as representative of the city’s first district from July to December during the State of the City Report of Mayor Beng Climaco before the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The congressman said he was simply being straightforward and realistic when he declared during the mass oath taking of elected barangay officials last November 30 at the City Coliseum that the Supreme Court decision nullifying the Priority development Fund (PDAF) of members of the House of Congress will make congressmen and congresswomen unitile in terms of providing assistance to the constituents and immediate projects for the barangays.

“But being a congressman is more than just PDAF – our work is cut out for us in order to bring to Congress the concerns and needs of Zamboanga,” he said as he vowed to be the “bridge” and the voice of the local government in Congress.

“Indeed, the absence of the PDAF will not in any way deter me from aggressively and relentlessly accomplishing the other countless responsibilities that I have on my shoulder as representative – legislating essential laws, bringing local concerns to the national arena, and protecting the best interests of Zamboangueños, bringing more development, projects and progress to the City of Zamboanga,” Lobregat declared.

Lobregat’s  major projects for 2013 which were started by his predecessor, Mayor Beng Climaco include the construction/road opening of the Zamboanga City By-pass road including road right of way for Patalon-Pasonanca section phase II covering the length of 23 kilometers with an appropriation of P250 million which is 43.5% complete; the 1.89 kilometer-improvement/concrete paving of the national highway Ayala-La Paz road with an appropriation of P100 million is now 52.73% complete; rehabilitatiom/reconstruction/ replacement/retrofitting of existing bridges in Cawit, Talisayan, Tarlling and Johnston Bridge covering 67 linear meters with an appropriation of P33.7 million –all complete except for the Cawit Bridge; 5 asphalt overlay projects covering 6.3 kilometers with an appropriation of P71.24 million –which are all complete; 7 school building projects with an appropriation of over P46 million –one funded by PAGCOR and 6 by the Department of Education and the construction of 677 seats-comfort rooms in 36 schools with an appropriation of P44.49 million.

For 2014, Lobregat said he has spared no effort to ensure that the city will get its fair share of infrastructure projects especially for District I and these include the Zamboanga City By-Pass road with an appropriation of P150 million, Ayala-La Paz road with an appropriation of P100 million; concrete paving/widening of Zamboanga City-Labuan road (Baliwasan seaside to Suterville section) with an appropriation of P102.85 million; widening of Zamboanga city-Labuan-Limpapa Road with an appropriation of P50 million; road upgrading (gravel to paved) Zamboanga City-Labuan-Limpapa road with an appropriation of P36.47 million; construction of Bride at Labuan spillway with an appropriation of P40.5Million; rehab/reconstruction/replacement/retrofitting of Maasin bridge with P28.1 million appropriation; upgrading of damaged paved (asphalt to concrete) of the Southern Support Command road with an appropriation of P1.53 million; upgrading (gravel to concrete) of Southern Support Command road- P4.53 million; preventive maintenance asphalt overlay Zamboanga City-Labuan-Limpapa road-P3.2 million; rehabilitation of multi-purpose building (Red Cross)- P4.5 million and rehabilitation of local roads to include Sta Maria/Gov. Ramos intersection, Cawit-Baluno-Nangka road, Labuan road and Pasonanca-Luyahan with an appropriation of P17 million.

“Looking forward and beyond 2014 we shall continue to seek for the budget to continue and complete the Zamboanga City By-Pass Road, the Ayala-La Paz Road, the Zamboanga City-Labuan-Limpapa highway and the Paving and Widening of the Baliwasan Seaside Road”, he said.

And to address the flooding problems of the city, Lobregat has requested Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson for for funding for flood control. “The good Secretary has already commissioned UP Planades to conduct a master plan for the city’s drainage and flood control and has committed  to source funds for the implementation of the master plan.”

To ease the traffic to and from the West Coast and the seaport Lobregat has also requested the DPWH for the improvement/widening of the San Jose Road from the Baliwasan Chico junction to San Jose Gusu. (1.393 km) where the plans are being prepared and the preliminary estimate is  562 million. “We are also coordinating with the Department of Tourism and the DPWH to rehabilitate the road leading to Pasonanca Park 76.5 million (4 km) and the road leading to Fort Pilar 9.28 million (300 ln mtrs).”

Lobregat in his report also cited initiatives to file bills in congress for the creation of secondary schools in the city and the  Mindanao Power Corporation and other measures to support the needs of other sectors.

The congressman likewise made representations for the energization of various barangays, mostly the island and coastal barangays.

Lobregat also emphasized that he is steadfast in his resolve to make sure that Zamboanga City’s interest is not jeopardized when the Framework on the Bangsamoro agreement is brought to the House of Congress for deliberation. — Rey Carbonel