By: RANIE Z. JANGAYO
THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways should not use all its energy in giving attention to the recent media exposé on the alleged sub-standard road widening of the Benigno Aquino highway or the so-called Diversion road contracted by East Asia Construction.
There are many other projects that the DPWH has been remiss, such as the still unfinished road widening in Jaro-Leganes (sidewalks and both shoulders not concreted totally), uncovered diggings, unfinished “bridge repair project” at El 98 in Jaro. This bridge is the nearest access of motorists from other provinces in Panay such as Capiz and Aklan to the Diversion Road leading to SM City.
The delayed completion of the bridge repair has greatly inconvenienced the public. April 2012 was supposed to be the date of completion. It’s July now but the bridge remains closed to traffic. Why?
At the start of the new Aquino administration, the DPWH appointed as regional director Evelyn Barroso who tried to impress us with a clean image. But much to our disappointment, Barroso was not the cure to the cancer gnawing at the very core of DPWH.
We hope that her successor, Edilberto Tayao, and District Engineer Rodney Gustilo will perform better.