City dad seeks legislative inquiry on water tank project

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 7 — City councilor Plaridel Nava is seeking a legislative inquiry on the suspected defective water tank component of the P230 million new river port complex located at Barangay Progreso, Lapuz, Iloilo City that caters to the needs of fast crafts going to Bacolod City and back and the roll on roll off (ro-ro) vessels going to Palawan, Cagayancillo, Masbate and Metro Manila.

In a privilege speech at the regular city council session Tuesday, Nava said the defective water tank carrying more than 10 metric tons of water for daily use of the new river port complex is a threat to boat passengers and nearby residents since the project has no solid foundation and stockpile.

The contractor hired by the Philippine Ports Authority is Bacolod City-based Opill Construction owned by Charlie Misagi who failed to drive the piles to support and strengthen the base of the water tank.

The city council referred the issue to the City Council Committee on Infrastructures to conduct the inquiry with the help of structural engineers and consultants to determine the safety of the water tank project.

The new river port complex was inaugurated last September 5, built to serve the needs of three fast craft companies and three ro-ro companies which transferred operation from the Muelle Loney side to the Lapuz side.

The whole port complex includes the construction of berthing facilities, passenger terminal building, site development and dredging of the berthing area at design depth of -4.00MLLW.

Additional works include landscaping, additional facilities for the passenger terminal building, repair of apron and concrete pavement and clearing and demolition of eyesore structures.(PNA)

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