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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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Monico eyes charges
against solon, DPWH

Former Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday said he is mulling the filing of a complaint against the Department of Public Works and Highways and Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya before the Office of the President for the road repair project being undertaken by the DPWH along the Circumferencial Road-Burgos Extension in Bacolod City.

Puentevella said there are many good roads in the city that are being destroyed and this is causing traffic problems.

The project being undertaken along the Circumferential Road-Burgos Extension indicates that it is a “flood control” project. So this should be implemented on the side of the roads and not in the middle, he said.

Puentevella claimed this is an insult to the transparency policy of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We will also study if there are other charges that we may file against the city for allowing this mockery of our traffic system,” he said.

“Do not destroy the good roads in the guise of flood control,” Puentevella said.

Gasataya said they are implementing the drainage program and all other projects in Bacolod under his term and that of Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Had Puentevella done his job when he was yet congressman for nine years, these problems would not have occurred, he said.

Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal, said earlier that the reconstruction of the Circumferential Road-Burgos extension going to the Homesite bridge is expected to be completed next month.

Villareal said this is part of the rehabilitation, reconstruction and improvement works being undertaken by the DPWHalong Circumferential Road-Burgos extension.

The project costs about P24 million and includes the installation ofthe drainage project to help arrest the flooding problem in the area, he said.

They are implementing reblocking works on pavements that are already dilapidated or experiencing scaling, since it would be unwise to just maintain them as it would be too costly, he added.

Villareal said they are required to maintain an international roughness index of 3 millimeters per meter. They are trying their best to attain this so the public will experience very good driving comfort.

Bacolod has one of the best national roads, not only in Region 6, but also nationwide. They have obtained a maintenance rating of 99 percent, which is the highest, he said.

But before they implement reblocking works, the DPWH conducts road condition survey on all national roads. The road condition rating is then submitted to the DPWH regional office and validated by its engineers, Villareal said.

This will then be submitted to the DPWH central office for validation and funding source. They can't destroy roads without going through this process, he added.

Meanwhile, Puentevellaalso said yesterday that House Bill 5875 declaring June 18 of every year a special non-working public holiday in Bacolod City to be known as “Bacolod City Charter Day,” may not have gone through a public hearing.

Puentevella said he had requested Pangasinan Rep. MarlynPrimicias-Agabas to conduct another committee hearing on the bill last year.

In his letter to Agabas dated Nov. 20, 2017, Puentevella said it is obvious that four of the 12 members of the Council do not agree with the transfer of the city's Charter Day to June 18. In short, there was no unanimous decision on their part to support this move.

He requested for another committee hearing and said they are willing to appear in Congress to ventilate their sentiments on this matter.

However, Gasataya said they have complied with the request of the Committee on Revisions on Laws. The bill will not be approved if it has not complied with the requirements.

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod has also approved a resolution on the matter and a committee hearing had been conducted and the NHC had aired its side, he said.

Gasataya said the bill was approved upon the recommendation of the committee.

The solon was requested by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to file a bill that will amend R.A. 7724 that erroneously set a wrong date for the celebration of the Charter Day of Bacolod City.

Gasataya said that after the bill has been approved in the Lower House, this will be submitted to the Senate. He will follow it up with the Committee in charge to ensure its implementation.

He is hoping the Senate will act on it so it could be implemented before June, he said.

Gasataya said it was former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who moved for the approval of the bill in the committee level.*CGS



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