RDC 7 questions delay on north Cebu coastal road project

November 24, 2009 2:40 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 24 – The Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 questioned why the provincial road component of the Cebu North Coastal Road Project (CNCRP) has not started construction.

”If the President agreed to this, why did it take this long?” asked IDC chairperson Emmanuel Rabacal.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo allowed the Cebu Provincial Government under Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to take the lead in the construction of the Tayud-Consolacion-Liloan Road, a provincial road that is part of the CNCRP.

The Chief Executive ordered the “download” of P359 million in funds from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) central office to the Central Visayas office.

This will be the allocation to be used when the province starts construction of the road.

But Rabacal wondered why construction has yet to start.

The IDC secretariat was still in the process of following up the status of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the CNCRP provincial road segment.

The MOA will be between the DPWH 7 and the Capitol.

According to the status presentation, a letter was already sent to the DPWH 7 asking about the MOA and got a reply that it has yet to be signed because of non-release of project funds.

DPWH 7 Acting Assistant Director James Dellosa explained that for documentary purposes, a MOA is needed to have funding release approved on their part.

The Commission on Audit might not allow the fund transfer without the MOA. (PNA) LAP/EB/re


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