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Celso intervenes in brgy access road reconstruction issue


House of Representatives Committee on Public Works and Highways Chairman and District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat recently met with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional office to discuss the connectivity of Barangay roads to the newly-constructed by-pass road that connects the east and west coasts of the city.

In a radio interview, Lobregat said that he already discussed the matter about the connectivity of the access roads which were affected by the road opening and construction of the by-pass road that became the prime concern of local residents, especially during rainy season when the demolished portions of the barangay road become muddy and slippery and may cause vehicular accidents.

City Council Committee on Infrastructure Chairman Jimmy Villaflores passed a resolution during the regular session of the city council urging DPWH to give clarifications as to who should reconstruct the demolished barangay road networks where the by-pass road crosses.

Lobregat clarified that in his coordinating conference with the DPWH officials, there is a provision that the same department will appropriate the necessary funds for the reconstruction of the affected portions of the barangay road.

The solon said that it is included in the plans and estimates of the DPWH, the construction of at least 10meters access road which will connect the existing barangay road to the by-pass road.

“There is nothing to worry about in this issue. DPWH has assured that it is included in the program of work, the access roads of the affected barangay roads will be re-blocked,” Lobregat said.

DPWH Project Engineer Artemio Marcera, revealed that the plans and estimates for the re-blocking of the barangay roads affected in the construction of the by-pass road has already been prepared by his office.He said they have estimated a buffer of 10 to 30 meters per barangay road, depending on the condition of the slope and gravity of the existing road networks.

Marcera said that the re-blocking of the affected barangay roads will be done as soon as the total stretch of the by-pass road is completed, and all the affected access roads are already properly accounted for. He said the DPWH has sufficient funds for the said purpose.(Dexter Yap)

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