Iloilo SP calls for New Lucena-Sta. Barbara road project's investigation

July 28, 2010 11:57 am 

ILOILO CITY, July 28 – Iloilo Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) June Mondejar has called for the investigation of the New Lucena-Sta. Barbara road rehabilitation project during a privilege speech in the 4th regular session Tuesday.

SP Mondejar said that although this is a provincial road, with a length of approximately nine kilometers, but it received close to P126 million funding from former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as one of her pump-priming projects.

The road rehabilitation work is being undertaken by the International Builders Corporation, under the supervision of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), but Mondejar said the work started sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2009 and is still going on a snail pace.

“I was informed that the duration of the project implementation is 360 days. If the project started last April 2009, it should have been supposedly completed by April of this year,” he said.

He said that the project is already delayed for almost three months. The concreting work activity stopped right at the front of the house of a tinsmith in Brgy. Daga, Sta. Barbara and nearly six months ago the base preparation activity stopped in Brgy. Lanag of Sta. Barbara, some 2.5 kilometers away from the point of the road where the concreting work stopped.

“Many people are worried why these two main activities have not been moving. The gap of implementation between these two main activities has surprisingly become far with a distance of close to 2.5 kilometers,” Mondejar said.

The SP member also said originally, the scope of work is a concrete pavement all throughout but there are speculations that it would be asphalted instead.

Likewise, he pointed out that there are already cracks in some portion of the road and many accidents have already occurred in the area due to ineffective warning signs.

The call for the investigation of the project was referred to the Committee on Infrastructure for action. (PNA)

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