BAGUIO CITY – The city government challenged the regional and district offices of the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) and contractors to work double time for the completion of their projects within the central business district to lessen the inconvenience of the public during the opening of classes by Monday.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said contractors who were awarded projects in areas with heavy vehicular and human traffic must be sensitive to the convenience of the public that is why they must deploy added manpower and units of equipment to fastrack the completion of their projects to ease somehow the serious negative effects of the drainage construction projects to the motoring and commuting public.
“We already shared our observations and ideas on how the projects in our city should be implemented. We have to bear the temporary inconveniences of the existing projects that have been supposed to have been completed long time ago,” Domogan stressed.
The city mayor pointed out contractors must also make sure that with the expected influx of huge volume of people to the different schools starting Monday, contractors should be aware of the expected heavy volume of traffic that is why they must help in mitigating the traffic congestions by deploying sufficient flagmen in potential chokepoints as an indication of their commitment in reducing the impact of their projects to the city’s traffic.
He added that contractors should consider the impacts of their works on the welfare of the motoring and commuting public especially in lessening the traffic congestions caused by such, and that way, the public’s impression of these as only suspected money-making ventures among public works officials and the contractors will change.
According to him, the city government had always been appealing to the regional and district offices of the DPWH for close coordination in the planning, conceptualization and implementation of public works projects along national roads so that the concerned departments of the city could also plan ahead of time on how to help mitigate the expected effects of such infrastructure projects to the traffic and mobility of vehicles and people around the city.
Domogan assured that people will not negatively react to the implementation of projects in the different national roads if they are able to see that project contractors have sufficient manpower and units of equipment working round the clock within their project sites, coupled with the available flagmen manning critical areas.
He appealed to the public to be patient and understanding about the prevailing traffic situation caused by the simultaneous implementation of projects in the central business district so as not to spoil their day during the opening of classes for the elementary and secondary schools./By Dexter A. See