Paseo’s fountain back in operation PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:54

The musically gyrating and dancing fountain at Paseo del Mar is now back in operation after it underwent technical shutdown following the Zamboanga siege last September and the incessant rains in October last year.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the fountain, which has become a crowd-drawer at Paseo since it was opened in 2012, had to be shutdown beginning Sept. 9 when the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters attacked the city.

For the duration of the siege (23 days), Paseo del Mar was closed to the public so did the fountain as the area is within the conflict zone.

It was to be opened in the following month of October but natural calamity struck the city when the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) inundated the city bringing heavy rains and strong winds resulting in massive flashfloods and landslides.

“The fountain had to be closed anew then. It opened on November 3 but we discovered technical defects as a result of the Oct. 4 heavy rains. It remained shut down since then due to extraordinary circumstances like the siege and the weather condition,” Orendain explained.

The facility had to be repaired by administration, a collaboration among personnel from the General Services Office, City Engineer’s Office and the City Administrator’s Office. – Vic Larato