Mayor Slams Road Diggings
June 20, 2015
BAGUIO CITY – the heavy traffic being experienced in the city due to the continuous paving of national roads being implemented by the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) is causing inconvenience to residents here.
This was pointed out by Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Traffic and Transportation Management Committee (TTMC) meeting held this week.
Domogan said, “the people cannot be blamed for airing their sentiments on such projects which have been dug already but are not immediately re-paved.”
“We support this road improvement because it will redound to the benefit of our constituents but they should see to it that it is finished within the given time frame or better yet earlier than scheduled,” he said.
The mayor reiterated earlier arrangements for contractors to work 24-hours especially on critical areas to fast-track road repairs and lessen inconvenience to the public, employ the latest technology or additives available to speed up curing and employ flag-men to help control traffic flow.
The chief executive also recommended that erring contractors should not be awarded any project if they still have pending contracts not yet accomplished.
Domogan said, “the DPWH should give the projects to contractors who are capable of doing the job and to consider their track records, if they have the needed equipment and man-power to do the job before hey are awarded projects in order not to sacrifice work.”
“I think problematic contractors should not be given any projects, they should be black-listed,” he said.
Some contractors have completed projects ahead of time but new excavations have also started adding to traffic congestion.
The road excavations is part of the DPWH project allocation for the city Baguio in its thrust to pave all national roads in the country before 2016./Paul Rillorta