ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III again asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to coordinate with the city government all road projects to lessen public inconvenience.
“Before you start your projects or start the demolition of roads, get first a permit from the city to coordinate the traffic rerouting plans,” Espinosa said.
The mayor lamented that the inconvenience caused by road projects is being blamed not on the DPWH but on the mayor.
“It is better that the DPWH meet with the City Engineer and the Traffic Division to come up with a traffic plan, which I will approve,” Espinosa said.
The mayor said the DPWH is implementing its projects regardless of its impact to the public because they have targets to meet such as the number of projects to be started and accomplished as provided in their yearly budget, the percentage of compliance of project contractors vis-à-vis the amount of money released, among others.
“They don’t care whether there are road repairs and excavations everywhere,” Espinosa lamented. He said he finds it unfair that the mayor and the city officials are blamed for the inconvenience which can be remedied if agencies properly coordinate to carefully plan the traffic and rerouting.
The mayor tasked Jeck Conlu, Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) head, to oversee the traffic rerouting plan and to road rehab and repair projects of the DPWH.