PGMA wants to fast track construction of flood control project in Iloilo

April 23, 2009 11:07 am 

ILOILO CITY, April 22 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wanted to fast track the construction of the Iloilo Flood Control Project here in time for the next rainy season.

This was relayed by Mayor Jerry P. Treñas after a meeting with President Arroyo in Malacanang last Friday, adding the latter wanted the project completed by end of 2009.

The completion was earlier slated in September next year.

Upon his return from Manila, Treñas met with Engr. AL Fruto of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 6, Project Manager Jerome Borjal and representatives of contractors Hanjin Heavy Industries and China International Water and Electrical Corporation to discuss the instruction of the President.

The China Water, which was contracted to undertake the improvement of Iloilo River, Upper Ingore creek and both banks of Jaro river mouth, assured that they can finish the project by May or at the latest June this year.

However, the Hanjin Heavy Industries, which was responsible for the Jaro Floodway, Pagsanga-an, Anilao, Tacas, Balabago, Buhang and Bitoon bridges, improvement of Aganan and Tigum Rivers, has a hard time complying with the deadline.

Treñas said that Hanjin has been working until 10 pm every day and based on their discussion their package will be completed sometime March or April next year.

Hanjin also showed a more than 80 percent completion of its projects that are based in the city.

The company's report to Treñas showed that the Jaro Floodway is already 80 percent completed; Tacas Bridge, 94.97 percent; Balabago Bridge, 89.40 percent; Buhang Bridge, 88.80 percent and Bito-on, 85.75 percent. (PNA)

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