CITY Councilor Ely Estante Jr, chair of the Committee on Engineering, Construction, and Public Works, reminded the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-6 to avoid possible delays in the implementation of the P190-million drainage projects in Iloilo City.
DPWH-6 is expected to roll out the package to be situated in three key areas in the city, as disclosed by Engr. Mavie Gustilo of the Construction Division during the meeting with the Task Force Infrastucture on Sept 12.
The task force is chaired by Mayor Jose Espinosa III and co-chaired by Estante.
The project entails the installation of 6.638 kilometers of drainage pipes in the flood-prone areas from La Paz plaza to Lapuz and City Proper districts through Gustilo-Divinagracia-Sinikway-Alalasan-Jalandoni-Don Esteban; distract along Quezon, Valeria, Iznart, Guanco, Ledesma, and Rizal-Ibarra streets; and in Sto. Rosario and Zamora streets.
MGB Construction and Trading bagged the contract effective Sept 6, 2018 and will expire May 5, 2019, or 455 calendar days.
Estante, who presided the meeting, reminded the DPWH to avoid similar delays with that of the drainage project along Jalandoni Street which was marred with controversies.
“Make sure that problems like road-right-of-way, obstructions from utility firms like power poles, Telco boxes and water mains and distribution lines are properly fixed before any digging can be done,” the councilor said.
He also told the DPWH to coordinate closely with the city government especially the City Engineer’s Office and the City Council at all times during the implementation.
“While the project is for the benefit of the city in general, we also do not want to unnecessarily inconvenience our constituents, especially the business sector, who will all be affected by road closures and traffic rerouting when the projects commence,” he said.
His office will be strictly monitoring the implementation in complement to the “anti-delay in projects” ordinance passed by Councilor Joshua Alim.
The ordinance requires the DPWH to submit all engineering plans to the city government before undertaking any project in the city.
Earlier, Estante has called for the creation of a permanent office to coordinate the implementation of national government projects in Iloilo City, particularly on infrastructure.