Makati to earmark P50-M for initial road project in Barangay Southside

September 3, 2013 9:11 am 

MANILA, Sept 2 — The city government of Makati is earmarking an initial budget allocation of P50 million for the proposed repair and rehabilitation of roads in barangay Southside.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said the city government intends to carry out its pledge of better public service to the residents of barangays in the inner Fort, Southside and Northside, which he said “suffered 20 years of neglect” after a court injunction in 1994 prevented Makati from exercising jurisdiction over them.

“We stand by our pledge to correct the 20-year injustice. We will focus on the prompt delivery of basic services to the residents of Barangays Southside and Northside, including the implementation of infrastructural projects to improve their quality of life,” Binay said.

According to the Makati Dept. of Engineering and Public Works, the project was supposed to cover nine streets in the said barangay but they were only able to survey seven because Taguig Bantay Bayan stopped their teams from completing the survey last August 15.

The streets that will be covered by the concreting and drainage project are Scorpion St. (477 meters), Garden Lloyd St. (196 meters), Fox St. (615 meters), Striker St. (187 meters), Crusader St. (148 meters), Centurion St. (202 meters) and Apag St. (262 meters).

Binay lamented the plight of residents of the two barangays that have lagged behind other Makati barangays in the quality of public services and public facilities available to them. He said it was unfortunate that in the 20 years that the two barangays were under the jurisdiction of Taguig, they were “apparently left out in the frenzy of development efforts on the Bonifacio Global City.”

“We could not conceive of any valid reason for the neglect of these two barangays in the past 20 years. One would have to be blind not to see the severe injustice suffered by their residents because of the injunction that prevented the city government of Makati from providing them the public service they deserve,” Binay said.

Earlier, the Makati mayor decried the actions of armed men identified as members of the Taguig Public Order and Safety Officewho recently ganged up on a Makati police mobile patrol car at the intersection of Lawton St. and Kalayaan, and removed banners posted along Kalayaan, despite the fact that both areas were within Makati territory.

“We refuse to be intimidated by these Gestapo tactics of the Taguig city government. We will stand our ground and uphold the rule of law,” Binay said.(PNA)

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