QC Mayor Belmonte formally opens second underpass

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 -– Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte on Wednesday afternoon formally opened Quezon City’s second pedestrian underpass in Diliman, Quezon City.

The second underpass connects now connects major government offices to the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) on Elliptical Road corner Commonwealth Avenue and the City Hall.

Belmonte led city officials in inaugurating the new underpass linking the Commonwealth Avenue gate of the QMC to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Building and Department of Agrarian (DAR).

Also present were QC vice mayor Herbert Bautista and QC Councilors Dante de Guzman and Bolet Banal, City Engineer Joselito Cabungcal, City Public Affairs Chief Gregorio Banacio and contractor JM Pajara.

Father Jonathan Bitoy, a Claretian Missionary priest, blessed the second underpass.

At the same time, Belmonte ordered Banacio to set up a photo exhibit at the second underpass just like the first one.

The city government appropriated P 86 million for the construction of the tunnel, which measures 75 meters in length and eight meters in width.

Belmonte said the second underpass was opened to the public in time for Christmas. “This is our gift to the residents and visitors,” the mayor said.

"Joggers, senior citizens and families who wish to spend the day at the Quezon Memorial Circle can finally pass safely through the underpass," the city official said.

The second underpass, which began construction on February 16 this year, is longer and wider than the first QMC underpass built by the city government. Inaugurated in October 2007, the QC hall underpass is only 46 meters in length and 6 meters wide.

Both underpasses feature granite flooring and cove-type ceilings. Twenty-four security is provided by the city government to ensure the safety and protection of pedestrians who will be using it anytime of the day.

No-vendor policy is implemented in both underpass, the city government said.

According to Cabungcal, the underpass was built as an alternative to an elevated pedestrian overpass which would have destroyed the aesthetic aspect of the area. (PNA) LOR/JCA


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