Council backs conversion of five roads PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2018 16:33

The City Council has expressed its support to a prior request by the Department of Public Works and Highways District office to reclassify five Zamboanga City roads from city to national roads.

Councilor Jimmy Villaflores, author of the resolution, said that the request was initially made by the DPWH District Engineering office to Secretary Mark Villar.

There are six roads for possible conversion to national roads but one reportedly is entangled in a right-of-way controversy.

The five roads for conversion are the following:  Zamboanga Labuan Limpapa Road, junction San Jose Gusu to San Roque, junction Gov. Ramos Avenue to junction Cabatangan leading to bypass road.

Crossing Sta. Maria to Gov. Ramos Ave. junction Veterans Avenue extension Tetuan.

Crossing Governor Camins Avenue through Sta. Maria road to Pasonanca road leading to the bypass road.

Junction Pagadian Zamboanga City road Tumaga Putik Rd., leading to Tumaga Rd and Sta Cruz intersection through to Veterans Avenue extension leading to Tumaga rd., junction to bypass road.

The council did not approve the conversion of junction Governor Ramos Cabatangan Road to Sta Maria crossing due to problems on road right of-way.

Villaflores said that the conversion of these roads will result to more savings for the city in terms of maintenance for these roads.

Meanwhile, Engr. Cholie Roble, DPWH Zamboanga District Engineer, explained that the DPWH Secretary has the power to reclassify local roads to national roads.

The request will be sent to the central office for validation based on the road classification criteria.

If this will be realized, national funds can now be used to maintain the road. City funds can still be used but must follow the standards and specifications of the DPWH. (RGAAGo)