The Bacolod City Esplanade beside the Bacolod City Government Center will be turnedover by the national government to the city on June 17, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.
Its inauguration will be held on June 17 at 7 p.m. as part of the weeklongIndependence Day and Charter Day celebrations in Bacolod City.
Gasataya said that when he learned that the esplanade was vandalized last week, he immediately asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to look into it.
He saw that the DPWH had already covered the graffiti on the esplanade Monday, he said.
Gasataya is appealing to all graffiti artists not to vandalize but instead help preserve projects like these which can help improve the aesthetics of the city. He needs the cooperation of the public, he added.
The solon announced that there will be additional funding to be provided by the national government for the expansion of the esplanade this year. The budget is not only for the esplanade, but for the floodwall or riprap along the riverbank, including the path walk.
Meanwhile, Gasataya has requested the DPWH to check the waterways and drainage systems of the city frequently.
He said plastic materials blocking the drainage system has been the cause of flooding in the different areas of the city particularly along Lacson Street.
Gasataya said the DPWH is planning to put up anadditional inlet along Mayfair Plaza at Lacson St. to ease the flooding situation in the area especially during heavy rains.
He appealed to the public to dispose of their garbage properly so it will not clog the waterways and cause flooding in the city.*
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